“I couldn’t believe it” Emma Chalott Barron, a DACA recipient told CNN. The 23-year-old is starting law school at the University of North Texas in the fall.
Like her, so many dreamers are productive members and fully rooted in the fabric of this country. As another DACA protected young man told the Washington Post “We are Americans, we don’t know anything other than this country”.
The United States Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday that maintains DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protections. After his election, President Trump appointed two conservative judges in Judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, leaving many conservatives surprised at the ruling.
Many dreamers woke up this morning fearing they would be deported from this country to places they had never visited. The outcome couldn’t have been any different.
President Obama created the program in 2012 giving people who were brought to the United States illegally as children the rights to live and work in the country. The program provides protection, however, it does not outline a concrete plan to becoming a US citizen.
In a 5-4 ruling, the highest court in the country kept the DACA program alive for now. It said in part the President’s attempt to eliminate the program was “arbitrary and capricious”. Essentially saying ‘come back with better reasons next time.
The decision was a major upset and certainly a defeat for President Trump’s position.
The President tweeted “The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They “punted”, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil the Supreme Court’s…..”
The fight will inevitably continue and this has the making of being a major campaign topic. The issues of Immigration should have been dealt with by Congress who is supposed to be the government body that writes the laws. Because congress chooses not to address immigration the country is being governed by Presidential Executive Order. Every time there is a change in presidents expect battles over the previous executive’s orders.
For now, Emma Chalott Barron knows she will be attending Law School in the fall keeping her American dream alive.