Krewson, aldermen and local business leaders call on Congress to protect St. Louis 'Dreamers'

ST. LOUIS • City business leaders voiced concern on Friday about the dismantling of a program protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, saying that in addition to uprooting members of the community, it could cost the state millions in economic output.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by an executive order from President Barack Obama in 2012. The administration of President Donald Trump announced this week that it would phase out the program, known colloquially as DACA, over six months. That willsend nearly 800,000 people into more tenuous immigration status starting March 5, barring a change in the law from Congress.

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