Supreme Court declines to kill DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on February 26 declined to overturn a lower court ruling that said the administration of President Donald Trump must keep the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program operational, at least for now. That means DACA recipients must be allowed to apply for extensions of their protected status until the case is addressed by a Federal Appeals Court and then, possibly, the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump officials had urged the court to jump into the process earlier than it normally would.

In response, White House spokesman Raj Shah said DACA is “clearly unlawful” and the rulings by two lower courts to keep DACA running is a “usurpation of legislative authority.”

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been leading a team of 17 attorneys general from around the country, issued a statement that said, “This is a win for the 42,000 New York Dreamers and over 700,000 Dreamers across the country, and for the millions of families, businesses, hospitals and universities that depend on Dreamers every single day.

“It also does not change the fact that we need a permanent solution to preserve DACA and protect Dreamers. Congress must act.”

In Sullivan County, a Dreamer testified before the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission on how Trump’s decision to end DACA, announced on September 5, 2017, had negatively impacted her life and career.

She had entered the Liberty School System in first grade believing she had the same rights as all of her classmates. But she found out when she was 13 years old that she was undocumented. She said that afterward,  her grades fell off, as she thought she would not have a chance to go to college, and certainly would not be eligible for student aid.

Then, when she was 15, after President Barack Obama established DACA, she began to work harder in school again and to save money for college. Trump announced an end to the program on her first day of nursing school.

The River Reporter was unable to reach this DACA recipient for comment as of press time.

 

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