Donald Trump has said a scheme preventing the deportation of undocumented young migrants is “probably dead”.

The President was referring to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Introduced by the Obama administration in 2012, DACA allows people who arrived in the US illegally as children the right to work, study and live there.

It currently protects 800,000 people.

These young immigrants – also known as Dreamers – have lived much of their lives in the US and are now facing the possibility of being deported.

The prospect of deportation is grim for young people who have jobs, an education, homes and family members in the US.

Mr Trump said last year that he was ditching the scheme unless Congress sent him legislation by March to keep it.

The President last week rejected an immigration deal drafted by a bipartisan group of senators.

The deal included a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and $1.6bn for border security, including Mr Trump’s promised border wall.

Donald Trump allegedly called Haiti and Africa 'shithole countries'

Image: Donald Trump allegedly called Haiti and Africa ‘shithole countries’

Mr Trump tweeted on Sunday: “DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military.”

It was during a meeting to discuss DACA that Mr Trump was accused of using the word “shithole” to describe Haiti and other nations.

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It sparked fury around the world and condemnation from the United Nations, which branded Mr Trump’s language as racist.

The President admitted he had used “tough” language during the meeting but denied he had using the specific word.