- Jul 4, 2020
For Cinthia Padilla Ortiz, the Supreme Court’s recent decision on the DACA program was “an unexpected and beautiful moment” and left her feeling “that sense of hope in our community.”
DACA recipients and advocates breathed a collective sigh of surprised relief June 18 when the Supreme Court ruled against efforts by the Trump administration to end the immigration program that has hung in the balance for the past three years.
On June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling said President Donald Trump could not stop the program with his 2017 executive order. DACA protects about 700,000 young people who qualify for the program from deportation and allows them to work, go to college, get health insurance and obtain a driver’s license.
DACA’s continuance had been in question as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order ending the program was constitutional. President Barack Obama established DACA by executive order in 2012 to allowed young people brought into the country illegally as minors by their parents to stay in the United States.
Before college student Luz Chavez left her Gaithersburg, Maryland, home June 18 to hear a decision on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States, her mother prayed for an outcome favorable to her daughter, whose ability to study, work and not be deported at some point soon hinged on what the justices had to say.
On a day when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, the program’s recipients and many of their Catholic advocates celebrated the win and pledged to continue their fight.