wnol.info March 22 2018

DACA's future rests with Congress, courts

March 22 2018, 05:38 | Irvin Gilbert

Blanca Barroso

Blanca Barroso

Those whose permits expired by March 5 had a month to apply for renewal.

There were a lot of questions when the Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protected immigration status for people who were brought to the USA illegally as children.

DACA recipients and allies dressed up with white wigs, canes, and walkers, staged a sit-in blocking the entrance to the DNC Headquarters to dramatize the 17-year-long wait for Congress to pass the DREAM Act.

Rallies, sit-ins and prayer vigils are scheduled in San Jose and across the nation today as Dreamers meet their uncertain fate with activism.

Perez in a statement said Trump's rescinding of DACA, an Obama-era program that shielded immigrants brought to the US illegally as children from deportation, caused "an unnecessary crisis".

Courts in NY and California ruled President Obama's 2012 executive order creating DACA was legal, freezing President Trump's repeal. "We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from (our) homes and our community".

Monday was the deadline for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program but the deadline is now relatively nonexistent because of court orders.

"DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don't really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our military", the president tweeted in January.

Republicans lead both chambers of Congress and have been unable to pass any DACA-related bill.

Now, current DACA recipients can renew their applications, but new ones aren't being accepted.

The Supreme Court, however, rejected that request, stating it assumed that "the court of appeals will act expeditiously to decide this case".

That means the case now goes back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in California, which is expected to rule sometime this summer.

The Supreme Court ruling hints that the issue won't be resolved any time soon, leaving Dreamers in continued legal limbo. "As the president continues to try to dismantle the DACA program, we in OR will keep fighting back".

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services did not begin accepting DACA renewals until January 13 following the California judge's ruling.

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