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Mattis: Immigrants in the military are safe from deportation

Sailors are sworn in as U.S. Citizens in September 2017. Photo: Scott Olson / Getty

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday that the roughly 850 immigrants who are about to begin training in the military or are actively serving in the U.S. military are not at risk for deportation, regardless of the status of DACA, unless they have committed a serious felony or a judge gives them a special order for deportation, AP reports.

Why it matters: Until now, it was unclear whether members of the military would receive any protection from deportation since Jeff Sessions rescinded the DACA program in September and Congress hasn't agreed on a solution.