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The Issue

There are several million illegal immigrants in the U.S. who were brought into the country as children. About 750,000 of them gained a fragile legal status under Obama. They're known as DREAMers.

The Facts

The first DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was introduced with bipartisan backing in 2001. It offered temporary legal status for people brought to the U.S. before 16 who could pass a background check and had a high school diploma or GED. Permanent legal status could be attained through college attendance or military service. The legislation never got through Congress.

In 2012, President Obama announced he would stop deporting those who met the criteria of the DREAM Act. Two-year renewable permits were issued granting DREAMers work authorizations and protecting them from deportation.

What's Next

Trump has vowed to reverse all of Obama's executive actions. This would be on the list. But about Dreamers, he told TIME Magazine he wants to "work something out that's going to make people happy and proud."

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32 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's latest executive order: Buy American

President Joe R. Biden speaks about the economy before signing executive orders in the State Dining Room at the White House on Friday, Jan 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden will continue his flurry of executive orders on Monday, signing a new directive to require the federal government to “buy American” for products and services.

Why it matters: The executive action is yet another attempt by Biden to accomplish goals administratively without waiting for the backing of Congress. The new order echoes Biden's $400 billion campaign pledge to increase government purchases of American goods.

Tech digs in for long domestic terror fight

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With domestic extremist networks scrambling to regroup online, experts fear the next attack could come from a radicalized individual — much harder than coordinated mass events for law enforcement and platforms to detect or deter.

The big picture: Companies like Facebook and Twitter stepped up enforcement and their conversations with law enforcement ahead of Inauguration Day. But they'll be tested as the threat rises that impatient lone-wolf attackers will lash out.

The pandemic could be worsening childhood obesity

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The 10-month long school closures and the coronavirus pandemic are expected to have a big impact on childhood obesity rates.

Why it matters: About one in five children are obese in the U.S. — an all-time high — with worsening obesity rates across income and racial and ethnic groups, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show.