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R.I. governor: Initiative will pay DACA renewal fees for every R.I. ‘Dreamer’

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, center, greets members of the Chinese delegation as she enters the "Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Lunch" during the first day of the National Governor's Association meeting Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo in July.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says more than $170,000 has been secured to cover the renewal fees for local recipients of a program that shields from deportation immigrants brought to the country illegally when they were children.

The Democratic governor announced Monday that through the ‘‘generosity of several local and national funders,’’ no state resident who’s in the program will need to pay the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

DACA recipients who are eligible to apply for a renewal of their status must do so by Oct. 5.

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The initiative is a response to President Donald Trump’s plan to end the program created in 2012.