The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over the Trump administration’s plan to end the protections that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) afforded to immigrants who were brought into the country when they were children.
DACA, which was established in 2012 by former President Barack Obama, allows teens over 16 and adults younger than 30 who were brought to the United States when they were children to work and study without fear of deportation. Administration officials argue the program interferes with its immigration enforcement efforts, but they have been challenged in court by civil rights, legal and immigration groups, Fox News reports.
President Donald Trump vowed that if the Supreme Court allows him to end the program, he and Congress will make a deal to allow DACA recipients to remain in the U.S.
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
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“With DACA, there was an immediate sense of relief, knowing that I’d be able to go to college and apply to scholarships,” Gonzalez Porras, a student majoring in American Studies at Georgetown University, told NBC News. “I remember getting my first paycheck at Georgetown and not having to think twice about inserting a social security number, which was a major consideration before DACA.”
Gonzalez Porras is one of more than 800,000 young immigrants who have enrolled in the program.
A number of national groups will rally outside the Supreme Court. “DACA recipients shouldn’t be used as a way to extract more pain from immigrant communities,” said José Muñoz, national communications manager for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network. “There is unity in this community that has been routinely attacked under the current administration.”
Muñoz said the Facebook event shows more than 800 people have responded that they will attend the rally.
“Even though no decision will be reached Tuesday, this is a historic moment,” Porras said. “When I talk to my kids or other people in the future about this, I want to be able to say that I did everything I could to make sure that we are seen not just as a number, but as the human beings we are.”
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