DFA: 10,000 Filipinos may be deported from U.S. under new immigration law

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will assist an estimated 10,000 Filipinos who may face deportation under a new U.S. immigration law.

This, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he decided to recall a program that allows undocumented immigrant children to legally stay in the U.S.

"We will authorize with certain limitations the use of the Assistance to Nationals Fund and the Legal Assistance Fund to assist immigration-related cases such as those arising from the decision of President Trump to revoke the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals or DACA," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano said in a statement Wednesday.

Philippine Embassy Charges D'Affaires Patrick Chuasoto said around 310,000 of the 3.4 million Filipinos in the US are undocumented.

Trump asked the U.S. Congress to pass a law that will effectively deport around 800,000 beneficiaries of the DACA.

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Meanwhile, Cayetano advised Filipinos in the U.S. who may be affected by the new immigration policy to explore other legal options.

"While we hope for the best in the form of a legislative solution, those affected should likewise prepare for the worse," Cayetano said. "In any event, we are ready to welcome and assist our kababayans in whatever way we can if they are returned to the Philippines."

President Barack Obama implemented the DACA program in 2012, giving immigrants a two-year protection from deportation and an opportunity to work in the country.

Recipients will lose their benefits beginning March 5, 2018. Trump administration officials said no DACA status will be revoked before that date.

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