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Mexico calls DACA kids a 'great gift,' and 'a pleasure' to take back

An unidentified woman holds a sign out her window as she drives through rush hour traffic in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

A top Mexican diplomat traveling in the United States said it would be "a pleasure" to take back the 800,000 young adults facing potential deportation.

Speaking in California, Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray added that it would be a "great gift" to his nation.

However, he added, Mexico will go to bat for those in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program killed by President Trump last week should they want to stay in the United States after their two-year visa expires.

"For Mexico it will be a pleasure to receive the young DACA. They are talent and human capital for our country, but if they want to stay in the country where they have grown up, we have a legal and moral obligation to support them to achieve their dreams. They were born in Mexico, but have grown up here, in the United States; here is your family, your home and your environment and this is where your desire to grow and prosper is," he said according to a Spanish report in El Financiero.

The media outlet added: "The foreign minister stressed that a possible return to Mexico of young DACA would be a ‘great gift' for the country and an important loss for the United States, since it is a group with high level of education, talent, creativity and energy."

He met with Californian officials and Gov. Jerry Brown. The biggest population of DACA recipients lives in California, which this week sued the administration in a bid to block the end of the program.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com