The fate of DACA and what exactly is going to be happening to its future.
Since Trump has entered office, he has been trying hard to reverse the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which the Obama administration had set into place. His next step has had everyone on their toes, especially DACA holders.
Before the court dates and meetings discussing the future of DACA, Trump had set the deadline date to March 5. However, due to lack of adjournment and ongoing court dates, that date was null and void. According to an NPR article, two federal courts have prevented Trump from ending the DACA program.
According to a spokesperson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, “until further notice, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.”
Other than the politics of this situation, there a thousands of families across the country that live in fear. They leave their houses every day in fear of being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, agents. As of this year, ICE agents have set up large detainment operations to get “illegals” out of the country.
One state affected more than others is California. ICE has gone to high schools, detained parents on the street and sometimes randomly stopped people to ask them for proof of papers. Not only illegal Hispanics were detained, but the detainment also affects illegal immigrants from many other countries.
Federal immigration officials have declared that they are not targeting people based on their race, but according to Miguel Botello when he talked to The San Francisco Chronicle through an interpreter, “they were not looking for any of us — they only stopped us because we are Mexican. There were other people arriving that weren’t Mexican and they were not asking them anything. What else am I left to conclude?” Botello and three others were stopped outside of a store and randomly asked to show their papers. The fact that ICE agents didn’t stop anyone else coming in or out of the store made Botello believe that it was a case of racial profiling.