Sen. Booker meets with DACA recipients in Newark

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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker met with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) Monday afternoon in Newark.

They discussed President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program last week. There are about 20,000 DACA recipients in New Jersey who could face deportation if a bill is not introduced.

"These conversations are really important but more importantly, DACA recipients are really important,” Booker said. “I'm one of those people that affirms every chance I get, that DACA recipients are Americans in every way, except for one: They don't have a piece of paper."

The president announced he was ending the program, originally started by former President Barack Obama, but with a six-month grace period. Trump says that he has now placed legislation in the hands of Congress to come up with a bill allowing the children of immigrants illegally brought into the country to stay.

Booker also said he will be relentless in his efforts to make sure that there will be legislation giving current DACA recipients security and permanent residency.

Several states have sued the Trump administration about his decision to end the program.

Pope Francis has even criticized the decision and says that anyone who calls himself "pro-life,” as President Trump has, should keep families together.

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