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)