This week, the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a legal case that could ultimately affect the status of nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. The case revolves around the legality of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Obama enacted by executive order in 2012. The Trump administration has been trying to end the program since 2017, calling it unconstitutional. The country’s highest court is considering whether the Trump administration can legally shut down the program, even though lower courts have ruled it cannot.
Under DACA, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States at an early age, are legally able to work, attend school and live in their communities without threat of penalty or deportation. It’s been a transformative program that’s
Two bright spots. One, an organized group of DACA activists is in Washington DC, making their voices heard at highly-visible protests on the steps of the Supreme Court. Two, even if the court rules against the legality of the DACA program, it is likely to rule in a humane manner and not unduly punish those participating in the program. The Trump administration has also said they will not deport participants even if the program is struck down. Stay tuned.
For more information read this article from the Los Angeles Times.