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Universities condemn Trump’s child deportation decision

America’s universities have strongly condemned president Donald Trump's decision to end a program that protects 800,000 children and young people from being deported because they arrived in the country illegally.

According to the president’s decision, children who arrive in the United States with their parents without a visa will not be entitled to protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) scheme, initiated by Barack Obama in 2012. Moreover, those already protected by the scheme may have to leave the country in six months unless Congress passes appropriate legislation.

“I am appalled by this administration’s disregard for the lives of thousands of young people brought to the US as children,” said Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities.

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