Video: Trump’s DACA Boast

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The subject of this week’s fact-checking video is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Then-President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 by executive action after Congress failed to pass the “DREAM Act,” which would have provided a path to citizenship for certain immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. As of September, nearly 800,000 people at some point had gained DACA status, which protects them from deportation and allows them to work in the United States for two years, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said his proposal to make the DACA program permanent will “generously” cover 1.8 million people — “almost three times more people than