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States consider protecting benefits for DACA, TPS immigrants facing loss of status

States consider protecting benefits for DACA, TPS immigrants facing loss of status

State lawmakers across the country are weighing a host of bills aimed at preserving driver's licenses and other benefits for undocumented immigrants who may lose the protected status long afforded them by the federal government.

Immigrants from Central America, Haiti and Sudan will see their temporary protected status expire over the next 18 months, while the fate of 690,000 participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains deeply uncertain after bills to protect "dreamers" failed in Congress this week.

Participants in either DACA or TPS generally qualified for driver's licenses and in-state college tuition even in states where...

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