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Trump administration offers conflicting signals on potential deportation of 'dreamers'

Trump administration offers conflicting signals on potential deportation of 'dreamers'

With an immigration deal looking fraught on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration is offering public assurances that undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" will not be targeted for deportation even if lawmakers fail to provide them permanent legal status.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said this week that immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children remain a low priority for removal - behind felons, suspected terrorists and those with outstanding deportation orders.

The promise appeared to be intended to rebut suggestions that the Department of Homeland Security would initiate mass roundups of dreamers if Congress...

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