** UPDATE **
A Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is expected this month. DACA protects about 650,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States as children from deportation. The program also allows the protected immigrants, often called Dreamers, to attend school and work legally. The Trump administration faced immediate court challenges when it rescinded the program back in 2017. Certain aspects of DACA have remained in effect while the issues have been litigated.
If the U.S. Supreme Court determines that the program was enacted unlawfully, the Trump administration would be allowed to terminate the program, immediately ending deportation protection and work authorization for the 650,000 recipients. Should the court rule in their favor, political analysts believe that the administration would not immediately end the program, but would instead end protections gradually, perhaps as a bargaining chip in future immigration legislation. In 2019, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would guarantee legal status and a path to citizenship for Dreamers, but the issue was never examined by the Senate.
The uncertainty surrounding the future of DACA over the past few years has been a constant burden on many program recipients. Most analysts expect that the Supreme Court will rule that the program must be ended, but regardless of how the Supreme Court rules, the fight over the future of Dreamers will likely continue on.
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The immigration lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth will continue to watch for any possible changes to immigration law. We strongly recommend that DACA recipients pursue permanent legal residence through any available means as soon as possible due to the uncertainty of the situation. Our immigration law firm provides free initial consultations. Call us at 888-517-9888 today to schedule yours!