The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, is back in the spotlight. It comes after a new court ruling that says the government must reinstate the program, but a different court case could send the issue straight to the Supreme Court.
Luz Chavez is 21. She’s originally from Bolivia, and when she was three, her parents brought her into the United States illegally.
“With DACA, I was able to find a job. I was able to have relief from deportation. I was able to feel like an actual human being, “said Chavez.
Because of recent court rulings, she was able to renew her DACA permit in July, but she says her life is still in limbo.
“Any thing can happen to daca especially with the court rulings, it’s being thrown back and forth,” Chavez said.
The latest ruling comes from the federal district court in D.C. It orders the government to fully reinstate DACA, including accepting new applications.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement, “The Department of Justice will take every lawful measure to vindicate the Department of Homeland Security’s lawful rescission of DACA.”
Meaning the administration will undoubtedly appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, another case, brought by the state of Texas, could well go the other way. The judge who will hear arguments in that case this week has ruled against a program similar to DACA in the past.
That would be in direct conflict with the ruling from dc, as well as others from federal judges in San Francisco and New York.
Sanaa Abrar with the organization United We Dream says government lawyers are okay with that.
“A mechanism that the government will use to try to go to the Supreme Court and ultimately say, look we have conflicting opinions,” Abrar said.
It’s appears more and more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the fate of DACA and the 800,000 young immigrants it protects.