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The Trump administration has started dismantling DACA

 (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)
(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)

The Trump administration began unraveling the Obama-era program shielding people brought to the United States illegally as children from deportation, though a split Congress has made no progress on writing similar protections into law as President Trump asked.

The phaseout of the five-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program began at midnight Thursday. The administration no longer is accepting or processing new or renewal applications for so-called DACA protections, even if they were mailed before the deadline.

Now, with five months to go before hundreds of people daily begin losing their legal status, Congress is struggling to respond to Trump’s request for a legislative solution over an issue that traditionally has divided lawmakers along partisan lines.

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