- US President Donald Trump ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Tuesday
- The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs said this could hit 10,000 Filipinos in the US
- DFA said it is ready to give assistance to those who will be deported
Some 10,000 Filipinos living in the United States are in threat of deportation after President Donald Trump ends the policy that provides protection for undocumented immigrants.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said this figure in a statement released Wednesday, a day after the Trump government announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), PhilStar wrote in an article.
The DACA was a policy implemented during the time of former President Barack Obama. Issued in 2012, DACA provides protection to illegal immigrants by giving them temporary legal status to live, study or work in the United States.
DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano assured that the Filipinos will be given assistance here in the country.
“In any event, we are ready to welcome and assist our kababayans in whatever way we can if they are returned to the Philippines,” Cayetano said.
“We will authorize, with certain limitations, the use of the Assistance to Nationals Fund and the Legal Assistance Fund to assist immigration-related cases such as those arising from the decision of President Trump to revoke the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA,” he added.
Filipino immigrants is just a portion of the total 800,000 individuals that will be hit by the policy amendment.