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U.N. rights boss urges U.S. Congress to give 'Dreamers' legal status
September 11, 2017 / 9:56 AM / 13 days ago

U.N. rights boss urges U.S. Congress to give 'Dreamers' legal status

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights arrives at the 36th Sesssion of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland September 11, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA (Reuters) - The top U.N. human rights official voiced concern on Monday at the Trump administration’s decision to end the DACA programme for immigrants who arrived illegally as children and urged the U.S. Congress to give them lasting legal status in the country.

Referring to a move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme in six months, affecting nearly 800,000 young migrants known as “Dreamers”, Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva:

“I hope Congress will now act to provide former DACA beneficiaries with durable legal status. I am disturbed by the increase in detentions and deportations of well-established and law-abiding immigrants.”

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles

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