The Trump administration’s immigration policy hit a stumbling block after a U.S. federal judge ruled Tuesday that protections must continue for people under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Judge John Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia also ruled the government must resume taking DACA applications. Judge Bates stayed his ruling for 90 days to allow U.S. Homeland Security time to present legal standing for terminating DACA. Judge Bates called current U.S. policy “virtually unexplained.”
Created in 2012, DACA deferred deportation on certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors. These 800,000 so-called “Dreamers” would also be eligible for work permits. We’ll talk about the DACA ruling, and the still uncertain future for the Dreamers, with Eréndira “Ere” Rendón, vice president of Immigration Strategy and Advocacy for The Resurrection Project, a Chicago-based social service and advocacy not-for-profit.