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How Ending The DACA Program Could Affect Harvey Victims

Local immigration groups say ending DACA will affect nearly 70,000 people in Greater Houston, many of them still trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

A child evacuated from Harvey flooding carries donated supplies in a trash bag at a shelter setup inside NRG Center, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The Trump administration announced this morning that it’s ending DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program. Local immigration groups say it’s a decision that will impact nearly 70,000 people in Greater Houston.

How could President Trump’s decision to stop processing new applications for DACA impact Houston immigrants recovering from Harvey? Jeronimo Cortina helps us understand the situation. He’s an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

Plus, Congress is back in session today and is expected to take up a nearly $8 billion Harvey disaster relief package. But does it have the bi-partisan support needed to pass?

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