On November 12, immigrants camped outside of the Supreme Court awaiting news of what was to happen with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA also referred to the Dreamers Act, a program that former President Barack Obama put in place in 2012 that provides protection from deportation to immigrants who came to the United States when they were children. DACA also allows them to receive work permits.
The Trump administration announced in 2017 that the DACA program was ending, causing a series of lawsuits in U.S. district courts. According to President Donald Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, the program is “illegal” and “unconstitutional.”
On November 12, the Supreme Court heard arguments to keep the DACA program. The court will decide whether Trump has the power and authority to end the DACA program.
The Supreme Court has yet to make a decision and won’t be expected to do so until June 2020. DACA recipients can continue to submit applications to renew their deferred action until the decision is announced. In the meantime, the future of thousands of immigrants across the country remains uncertain.