On Wednesday, during an impromptu press conference at the White House, President Donald Trump had nothing but love and comfort for the 690,000 young unauthorized immigrants affected by the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“Tell them not to worry,” he said of the DACA recipients whose protections will expire (or have already expired) because of his decision last September to wind down the Obama-era program.

If Congress can’t make a deal by March 5 — the deadline Trump had given lawmakers to create a permanent replacement for the protections his administration was rescinding — he suggested he might simply extend that deadline: “I might do that. I might do that.”

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