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A federal judge has ruled against the Trump administration's decision to end deportation protections for some young immigrants, saying the White House was "arbitrary and capricious" in moving to end the Obama-era DACA program.

In a blow to President Trump, who has long railed against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates for the District of Columbia said the Department of Homeland Security had failed to provide an adequate rationale for why the program is unlawful.

Two-thirds of Americans say people brought to the United States as children and now residing in the country illegally should be granted legal status — and a majority are against building a wall along the border with Mexico, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is indicating he's open to a Republic plan for a short-term spending bill, one that does not include a fix for the nation's nearly 700,00 "Dreamers". 

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A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program late Tuesday night.

Widely known as DACA, the program protects young immigrants from deportation. In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program would be phased out.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says the Republican party is "losing the future" amid last week's loss of the GOP senate candidate in Alabama and other policy stances.

Columbus advocates, city officials and DACA recipients Thursday reiterated their call for Congress to agree on a legislative solution for the roughly 800,000 immigrants nationwide known as Dreamers.

Dan Lee rarely talks about his status as a DACA recipient. Apart from having close family and friend confidants, the secret of being in the country illegally has weighed heavily on Lee ever since he learned he didn't have the proper paperwork in high school while applying for a job.

In an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, Lee remembers being 15 and thinking "What is the point of me doing anything if I'm not going to able to have a career or be able to, I guess, be 'normal'?"

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President Trump affirmed Thursday morning that a deal was in the works with Democrats that would protect some 800,000 DREAMers who could face deportation when DACA expires next year in exchange for "massive border controls."

It wasn't clear, however, whether a border wall would be part of an emerging pact, as Trump had seemed to suggest at one point.

Early Thursday, he told reporters: "The wall will come later, we're right now renovating large sections of wall, massive sections, making it brand new."

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he supports bipartisan action to create a more permanent solution in the wake of President Trump's decision to dismantle the program that protects more than 800 thousand young people from deportation. 

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich has blasted President Trump's decision to begin dismantling the program protecting young immigrants brought into the country illegally.

At least eleven Ohio colleges and universities are standing up for immigrant students who could see their statuses change after President-Elect Donald Trump takes office.

Immigrants May Get In-State Tuition Rates

Aug 1, 2013

The Ohio Board of Regents says college-age immigrants participating in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are eligible for in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.