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Mexican, Salvadoran and Guatemalan officials expressed concern and sadness on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to phase out a popular program that shields hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants from deportation.
Mexico's deputy foreign minister, Carlos Sada, said the Trump's decision created "anxiety, anguish and fear." The change could affect some 625,000 Mexican nationals, a majority of the nearly 800,000 young men and women who were brought into the United States illegally as children and are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
"They are exceptional. ... This is as emotional for the United States as for Mexico," Sada said at a news conference immediately following the announcement to end the program. He urged for a quick solution to the uncertainty that "dreamers," as they are commonly called, now face in their adopted home.
Immigrants who opt to return to Mexico will be welcomed with "open arms," Sada said, offering them assistance with work, finances and education.