Supreme Court Ruling on DACA Expected Soon

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Any day now, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision on whether President Trump can enforce his elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

In 2017, the Trump Administration ended the program that began under President Obama, which allows young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children (known as “Dreamers”) to pursue an education and work in the United States and protects them from deportation. In 2017, President Trump ordered an end to DACA and a legal battle ensued. The Supreme Court has now taken up the case and is expected to rule by the end of the month.

Last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6), which provides a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, but the bill has stalled in the Senate, the likely victim of political warfare.

“Today, Dreamers and TPS holders remain vulnerable and without permanent legal status. This continued uncertainty for Dreamers and TPS holders comes at a time during the COVID-19 pandemic when many Dreamers and TPS holders are, alongside U.S. citizens, on the frontlines providing essential work for our country in health care, food supply, and transportation,” said the USCCB Migration Chairman in a recently published statement.

In a recent study, over 62,000 DACA-eligible workers currently work in healthcare in the U.S. The California Catholic Conference has published extensive background information on the policy effecting close to 2 million in the country. 

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