As fewer are eligible and new enrollments have been closed since July 2021 under court order, the number of DACA recipients fell to just above 600,000 at the end of March, according to government figures.
“This ruling is an important step forward in preserving protections for 600,000 DACA recipients,” California Sen. Alex Padilla said in a statement today.
The move, detailed in a memo from Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, ended a month of uncertainty about how the administration would respond to its Supreme Court defeat in an election year that has President Donald Trump looking for ways to energize his base.
The safety net of the DACA permit allowed affordable-housing advocate Norberto Lopez to travel all over the country–from Washington D.C. to join immigration coalitions to San Diego to volunteer with support groups at the border asylums.
The court ruled 5-4 against the administration, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. leading the majority. The courts ruling called the decision to cancel DACA “arbitrary and not justified.”
A prayer vigil for DACA recipients at a local church Monday night also doubled as a fundraiser for those who cannot afford the renewal fees.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday about President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the program, and the stakes are particularly high for the older generation of people enrolled in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on this case on Nov. 12.
A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.
President Donald Trump’s first state of the union address went a lot like most people probably thought it would. He called for greater border security, spoke of building big beautiful things and Democrats hated nearly every moment of it.