On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation, according to The New York Times. This program is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This came as a surprise to many including Maria, a representative for a DACA student support program. She commented that the decision was favorable, but not permanent.
The Supreme Court ruling gave a breath of temporary relief, but continues to cause anxiety and fear for many students. Maria highlighted that the decision will open doors to new applicants, but still leaves undocumented people in limbo. It is nothing permanent. It means that the rescission of DACA can happen again. The original termination of DACA was not done legally, therefore this made the Supreme Court’s decision possible. At the moment there is no solution, but it leaves people vulnerable. Many young students in high school and at universities are not comfortable with putting in new applications. According to Maria, these Dreamers are hesitant due to information that was given to an agency that was distributed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
How did this decision impact students who are getting an education to impart generational change for themselves and their families? Many students are already dealing with the significant changes and transition from COVID 19, racial discrimination, economic hardship and much more. In addition, students have this anxious uncertainty of what may be next. Yes, it is a great relief to them at the moment, but for how long? This is a step in the right direction, Many Dreamers are moving forward with their education thanks to the Supreme Court’s intervention.
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“DACA recipients, including the thousands who currently attend or have graduated from the University of California, are integral members of our communities. They are our classmates, colleagues, friends and family members. They work side-by-side with us and make important contributions to every facet of our culture and economy. They deserve to know that this is their home – forever.” – UCAN