Supreme Court Hears DACA Arguments – November 12

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 the US Supreme Court will hear arguments about President Trump’s efforts to end the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Close to 800,000 people’s lives are hanging in the balance. Although the decision will not come down until Spring of 2020, there is much anxiety already starting to form.

AP’s ASTRID GALVAN said: The Supreme Court case may bring an end to a long period of legal limbo. In the early 2000s, immigrant youths who were brought to the U.S. as children and raised in American schools with American ways were pushing for a legislative fix to their tenuous situation. The first of several attempts to address this was the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, introduced in 2001 by two senators from opposing parties. The bill failed, and so have more than 10 other attempts at passing similar laws under three administrations.

In 2012, under intense pressure from young activists, President Barack Obama announced DACA’S creation. It was limited to people between 15 and 30 years old and to those who were attending or graduated from high school and lacked a criminal record.

President Barack Obama later tried to expand the protections to younger people and parents of DACA recipients but was blocked by the courts.

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the program, setting off a series of legal challenges that will culminate before the Supreme Court. A decision is expected in the spring.

DACA remains in existence, but only for people who were already enrolled when Trump ended it.

If the Supreme Court sides with the Trump administration, it would throw the lives of DACA recipients back into type of limbo they regularly experienced before the program.

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