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Hundreds of Hawaii residents are waiting for a resolution on DACA

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The debate over DACA helped lead to the government shutdown and continues to rage in Washington, D.C.

But you'd be forgiven if it's left you a little lost.

Participation in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is relatively small in the islands, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

Only about 320 recipients are currently Hawaii residents, though about 2,000 were eligible.

The Obama-era program was aimed at protecting young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

Nationally, DACA provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants with a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S. via renewable work permits.

But in September, the president announced the program would end, and that he'd give Congress until March 5 to come up for a solution for DACA recipients.

That deadline, though, has gotten murky amid legal challenges.

Even so, the president has said he isn't sure whether a bipartisan deal on the program can be reached by that date.

After all, it was the feud over DACA  and other immigration issues that led to the government shutdown (and is threatening a repeat in February). 

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