Programme protecting immigrant children 'probably dead': Trump

The tweet comes as the Trump administration has resumed accepting DACA renewal requests as a result of a federal court order. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 15, 2018, 01.24 AM (IST)

United States president Donald Trump has said on Sunday that a scheme protecting immigrants brought to the US illegally as children is "probably dead."

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the programme that protects certain illegal immigrants from being deported, is now being slammed by the Democrats, saying they don't want it.

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military," Trump said on Twitter.

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"I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on Merit. No more Lotteries! America First," he further wrote on his Twitter handle.

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The tweet comes as the Trump administration has resumed accepting DACA renewal requests as a result of a federal court order.

The Republicans and Democrats were already having clashes over funding the government after recent negotiations became tough as Democrats - whose votes are required to pass a government - urged immigration be included. 

The fund expires on Friday night with no final deal in place. 

The latest ruling comes at a time when Trump is advocating against the illegal migrants living in the US and is lobbying to build a border, along the US-Mexico border to stop its infiltration.

Trump had announced in September that he would repeal the programme, which allows certain immigrants who arrived in the US illegally as children, to stay and work without fear of being deported.