The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, has really been in the news lately. It was one of the center talking points for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle during the partial government shutdown. If you will remember, President Trump eventually offered a three-year protection for DACA recipients towards the end of the shutdown, a measure the Democrats rejected because they want a permanent solution.
Now, a case is being heard in the 2nd US District Court of Appeals. The focus is not on the legality of the DACA program itself, but on how the current administration has attempted to end it.
At Familia America, we know that for the people protected under the DACA program have been through so much over the last few years. It seems like the nightmare of uncertainty is never-ending. If you are a DACA recipient and need help figuring out what to do next, we want to help. Our Salt Lake City DACA attorney will be by your side.
What Is Happening?
Attorneys for the Trump Administration argue that it is within their rights to terminate the DACA program, but DACA recipients and 16 state attorneys general argue otherwise.
If you remember, Trump signed orders terminating the DACA program in September 2017, saying that it was created “without proper statutory authority.” Two federal judges put a halt to that, ordering the administration to continue accepting renewal applications from current DACA recipients.
None of the judges have ruled on the overall legality of the program created by President Obama, but they do take issue with the actual reasons for the termination of protections. Earlier this year, the Justice Department asked the US Supreme Court to take up the case, hoping to put an end to the program at the direction of the highest court. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case and likely will not take it up for years, if at all.
“For me personally, my whole livelihood is on the line,” says Eliana Fernandez. She says that the DACA program allowed her to attend college and grad school. She is now a homeowner. There are many Dreamers like her who depend on the stability of the DACA program. The number of people applying for DACA renewal has dropped and there are around 700,000 people currently in the program.
How We Can Help
As the political figures of the country fight over the DACA program, we need to focus on the human beings who are being affected. The people who have been protected under DACA have grown up in the US, are part of our communities, and contribute to the economy.
At Familia America, our attorneys stay on top of the changes to the laws and will do everything they can to make sure your case is taken care of. If you need a Salt Lake City DACA attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-656-9605 for a consultation.