Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

Uncertain future for 'Dreamer' immigrants as deadline passes

"This is why we need Congress to pass a clean Dream Act that will protect us without criminalizing our families", tweeted DACA recipient Eliana Fernandez, referring to a longstanding legislative proposal that would grant permanent residency to Dreamers.

Rallies, sit-ins and prayer vigils are scheduled in San Jose and across the nation today as Dreamers meet their uncertain fate with activism.

A federal judge in California ruled in January that the Trump administration used flawed legal reasoning when it chose to end the Obama-era program, and ordered it to continue processing DACA renewals.

To qualify for DACA, created in 2012, DREAMers had to undergo a thorough background check, prove they arrived in the US before their 16th birthday, were 30 or younger, were attending school or in the military, and had not committed a felony or serious misdemeanor.

With courts unlikely to rule definitively on the issue before summer, and the case expected to head to the Supreme Court after that, Congress is not expected to act before Election Day in November.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put its review of Alsup's decision on fast track, but legal experts don't expect a decision until June at the earliest.

However, that does not mean Dreamers are satisfied.

Among the Senate bills that did not advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration. "Unfortunately, activist judges have intervened and prevented the end of DACA".

"It's March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA". Trump has expressed a willingness to come up with a long-term solution for Dreamers in recent months, though he's blamed Democrats for the standstill in Congress.

Several congressional Democrats and immigration advocates have warned that despite the court injunction, DACA recipients remain in legal uncertainty thanks to a crisis of Trump's making.

Immigration advocates also have used the March 5 deadline as an inflection point to pressure Congress and the White House.

Added Ray of FAIR, "The idea of illegal aliens demanding anything from Congress or the American people is nearly as absurd as the notion of a "clean" DREAM Act". That starts at 7 Doane University.

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