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Kelly: Trump not expected to extend DACA deadline

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters on Capitol Hill he doubts President Trump will extend the March 5 deadline, when work permits will begin to expire for DACA recipients, reports the WashPost. Should protections end, however, Kelly said dreamers are "not a priority for deportation," per the AP.

Go deeper: Kelly said he was uncertain whether Trump had the authority to extend the program, since President Obama established DACA by executive action and not by law. Trump rejected a bipartisan bill pitched by Sen. Chris Coons and Sen. John McCain yesterday that would give permanent legal status to Dreamers.