Austin DACA recipients push for permanent protections

Wednesday, 07 Mar, 2018

In litigation likely to end up in the United State Supreme Court, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of NY both unilaterally reinstated DACA despite the Trump administration ending the amnesty program the same way the Obama administration created it: by executive action. Without it, so-called "Dreamers" remain in limbo.

About 100 people demonstrated in front of the state Capitol on Monday to urge Congress to take action to give the almost 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States - almost 11,300 in OR - a permanent legal path to live, study and work in the country where they grew up.

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on the West Coast will likely be the first appeals court to weigh in on the topic before DACA is considered at the Supreme Court level. Hacking said immigration lawyers hope for a clean DACA bill but legislatures keep complicating the matter.

Protests were planned before the ruling when it appeared DACA permits would not be renewed. President Donald Trump has suggested an immigration reform plan that would tie DACA provisions to increased legal immigration restrictions and border security measures, including the building of a border wall. "It's known for human trafficking and violence against women", she said. She said they work twice as hard to move a step forward. And some Democrats may not back what they see as a temporary fix to a problem they want permanently resolved - and that many say should also provide the immigrants with a pathway to citizenship. "They shouldn't be scared to go to ULTA beauty to buy some makeup", she said.

"If you want to take it away ... you better bring something better that's best for everyone here", Quechol said. Only the president and Congress can.

DACA recipients were no longer allowed to renew their two-year permit as a outcome and were, therefore, exposed to deportation.

"It gets me scared that I could get my chance to learn taken away", said Manuel Flores, 15, a Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School student who spoke to this news organization with permission from his father, who brought Manuel to the USA when his son was 2.

DACA doesn't just affect students, however. There are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of dreamers who weren't eligible for DACA under the Obama administration's rules because they were either too young or too old to apply. "It's been a real roller coaster".

Without a firm deadline to codify DACA into law, it is unclear what will happen to the program. "We need a permanent solution.122 of them are losing status everyday", says Perez.

"It's a reality", she said.

"I've got my education".

Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the Cornell Graduate School, also encouraged graduate students and faculty to take part in the call-in event, and touted Cornell's early and sustained support for DACA and undocumented students.

The rally came on what would have been the last day for DACA, the Obama-era program that has deferred deportation for as many as 800,000 young people since 2012.

"Youth are leading the world right now", he said.