Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Uncertain future for US 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

Uncertain future for US 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

The Supreme Court's refusal to let the administration leapfrog appeals courts means that DACA stays for at least a few months and perhaps until well after midterm elections.

Protesters swarmed around Capitol Hill on Monday, demanding Congress to pass legislation to protect immigrants who were brought into the USA illegally as children.

Despite Trump's imposed deadline, court orders have postponed the end of the program, and have left Congress lacking a sense of urgency to come up with a solution.

Alsup ruled January 9 that the administration failed to justify ending the program and that the plaintiffs - California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota as well as the University of California - had a good chance of winning at trial.

Even though the DACA program does not end tomorrow, no one can ever apply for DACA until the age of 15, so as of last October those applications are no longer being accepted.

A federal judge in NY issued an injunction in February that blocked the administration's attempt to dismantle the policy. From there, it is expected to go to the Supreme Court.

Among them was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, in exchange for billions of dollars in border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration. The Senate rejected it.

Feet away from the White House immigration advocates and "Dreamers" were demanding action.

Members of the Border Network for Human Rights and Borders Dreamers and Youth Alliance (BDYA) protest outside a US Federal Courthouse to demand that Congress pass a Clean Dream Act in El Paso, Texas March 5, 2018. Democrats forced a partial shutdown in January with that goal in mind but relented after three days. But a congressional push to preserve the program has stalled, so DACA recipients and activist groups are hoping to get things back on track.

To qualify for DACA, created in 2012, DREAMers had to undergo a thorough background check, prove they arrived in the USA before their 16th birthday, were 30 or younger, were attending school or in the military, and had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.

"Donald Trump's decision to end DACA created an unnecessary crisis that has left hundreds of thousands of Dreamers uncertain about their future". Deportation arrests have surged more than 40 percent under Trump.

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