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March 5 was originally conceived to be a deadline of sorts for action. Another 5,320 DACA permits expire in April and almost 14,000 more in May. Because even though the Supreme Court bought them some time, that reprieve may be short-lived.

Today almost 3,400 young Nebraskans-commonly known as "DREAMers" face imminent threat as Congress has failed to act before the President's March 5th deadline to end their legal protections. On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the administration's unusual request to intervene, which would have leapfrogged the appeals court.

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


In February, former Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, now Trump's chief of staff, scrapped the Obama administration's policy of limiting deportations to people who pose a public safety threat, convicted criminals, and those who have crossed the border recently, effectively making anyone in the country illegally vulnerable. There were also almost 22,000 whose initial applications had yet to be decided.

The ACLU has a new six-figure campaign focused on keeping DACA in the forefront. The president gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a legislative solution addressing the immigration status of these "dreamers".

Trump had insisted that any legislation saving DACA had to be coupled with funding for his border wall and an overhaul of the legal immigration system.


"Although the SCOTUS announcement will allow current and previous DACA recipients to renew, thousands of young people will face a gap in protections since they weren't able to renew until now and there continues to be over a million undocumented young people who never had a chance to apply for DACA protections in the first place". So despite Trump's initial deadline, the future for DACA is still unclear. But a congressional push to preserve the program has stalled, so DACA recipients and activist groups are hoping to get things back on track.

Republicans lead both chambers of Congress and have been unable to pass any DACA-related bill.


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