Mattis says US service members in DACA will generally not be deported
Jim Mattis (CNN/screen grab)

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that service members in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will not be deported, other than a few exceptions.

"We would always stand by one of our people," Mattis told reporters. He added that the only exception was if the service member had committed a "serious" felony or a federal judge had signed deportation orders.

Until now, the fate of about 800 service members in the program had not been clear.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish)