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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra held a press conference today on behalf of 20 attorneys general who have signed a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain and defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — a law protecting more than 750,000 undocumented young people, or "DREAMers." The attorneys general have said they will defend DACA if the president does not.

"Mr. President … you've said you want to see those DREAMers and those DACA recipients have a chance," Becerra said. "It makes no difference what the climate is in D.C., it's always a good thing to give a young person a chance."

Flashback: Trump has pledged to treat DACA recipients with "great heart" when looking at immigration reform. "To me, it's one of the most difficult subjects I have, because you have these incredible kids," he said.

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Why it matters: It's the first reveal by GM of an electric vehicle that will use the company's new modular platform and Ultium battery system — technologies meant to underpin the 20 electric vehicles that GM plans to launch by 2023.