Five Years In, What's Next For DACA?

Image Young people wait in line to enter the

Image Young people wait in line to enter the

To qualify for DACA, an applicant must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, and have arrived in the United States before his or her 16 birthday. The people with DACA are 800,000 young men and women who are now doctors and lawyers and raising their own families.

Becerra says almost 800,000 people have participated in DACA, including more than 200,000 in California.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the division of the Department of Homeland Security, said the program remains under review. This crisis has resulted in increased illegal immigration and human trafficking, in addition to an overall mockery of our immigration system and outrageous expenses for taxpayers to front. The program offers protection from deportation to qualifying people living in the USA illegally who were brought to the country as children.

Some advocates for tighter immigration rules are calling for Trump to scrap the program.

"What I can say generally is that I hope Democrats keep in mind that with bills like the DREAM Act, there is a lot of negotiating that takes place and I'm scared that few rights will be gained, but a lot more will be lost-and it will be the same population of people that always loses rights", Unzueta said.

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Srikantiah said a potential lawsuit by states challenging DACA could be a tough sell since the program has been operating for five years, but that doesn't mean a judge couldn't temporarily freeze DACA if a suit was filed, which she said "would deal a significant blow" to the program.

President Trump has expressed support for DACA recipients telling the AP that he's "not after the Dreamers", but but also sent mixed signals since at least June, declining to rule out ending it. DACA celebrated its fifth anniversary today even as it faces a likely existential legal challenge.

Sen. Kamala Harris said the initiative has given undocumented immigrants an opportunity to go to college, open small businesses, serve in the military, get jobs and volunteer in their communities.

"Clarissa Martínez, a lobbyist for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), watched the DACA supporters march around the White House on Tuesday chanting "Trump, escucha, estamos en la lucha", or Trump, listen we're in the fight", and "We're here to stay".

Maria Moran, a 24-year-old and Santa Clarita resident of 15 years, said her mother encouraged her to pursue her dream of going to culinary school by gaining protection under DACA.

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"DACA was a huge milestone for me, " she said.

"I am very positive that this will come through, " she said.

"Since our founding, America has known that immigrants are dreamers and doers". "And were brought here when they were very young, so allowing them to not be deported to a country they don't know anything about is why we're here today".

Haledon Mayor Domenick Stampone, a child of Italian immigrants, whose name is listed in the letter said the issue is "near and dear" to the diverse borough he calls home. "This administration wants to hurt our immigrant community".

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