Mexico ‘deeply regrets’ Trump’s DACA decision

Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Tuesday that the Trump administration planned to “wind down” the DACA program. Watch his remarks in the video above.

WASHINGTON — Mexico says it “deeply regrets” the Trump administration’s decision to phase out a program that shields young immigrants from deportation, and the Mexican government is urging U.S. lawmakers to pass a replacement.

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The Foreign Relations department says in a statement that “it is undoubtedly the sole responsibility of U.S. citizens and institutions to determine U.S. immigration policy … but in the current situation, the Mexican government has a moral imperative to act.”

The department said Tuesday that Mexico would provide legal defense services for any of its citizens affected by the decision. The department said of the young immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” that Mexico “will receive with open arms any dreamers who return.”

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