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Push to Protect ‘Dreamers’ From Trump Gains New GOP Supporters

  • House Republicans back bipartisan bill aiding young immigrants
  • They want Trump to extend expulsion shield for 750,000 people
U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on Jan. 4, 2017 near McAllen, Texas.
Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

A group of House Republicans is pushing President-elect Donald Trump to keep in place Obama administration protections for about 750,000 young illegal immigrants, joining with Democrats on legislation to extend a shield on their deportations for another three years.

The legislation, introduced Friday, is a companion to a Senate measure advanced by Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Both bills signal bipartisan unrest over Trump’s campaign pledge to reverse President Barack Obama’s executive orders on deportations, which include protections for young adults brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children.