Up to 10,000 young Filipinos are facing deportation from the United States after President Donald J. Trump canceled an Obama-era amnesty for young immigrants.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was meant to protect from deportation some 800,000 people illegally brought into the U.S. as minors.
However, U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions, announced on Tuesday that DACA “is being rescinded.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said, “While we hope for the best in the form of a legislative solution, those affected should likewise prepare for the worst.”
The Department of Foreign Affairs pledged it “will assist an estimated 10,000 Filipinos who may end up getting deported as a result of Washington’s decision.”
To help Filipinos affected by Trump’s move, Cayetano said the DFA “will authorize, with certain limitations, the use of the Assistance to Nationals Fund and the Legal Assistance Fund.”
Trump earlier said permits would be gradually phased out as they expire over the next 6 to 24 months. In justifying the President’s decision, Sessions said the amnesty put in place by former president Barack Obama was unconstitutional.
Sessions also said DACA “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.”