The undocumented immigrants, who seem to have suffered amidst the irregular and uneven immigration policies, are now worried about their lives following Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaling its support on removing policies under DACA.
The American immigration policy DACA, also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was announced by former President Barack Obama in June 2012, with the aim of protecting the plight of the immigrants.
Since, DACA allows some of the unlawfully present individuals with no criminal record to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, helping them to become eligible for a work permit in the country, it has somehow restrained the job availability for native Americans.
Even though DACA does not provide a path to citizenship for recipients, unlike the DREAM Act, its expansion was blocked by an evenly divided Supreme Court. The Department of Homeland Security abolished the expansion of DACA to cover additional undocumented immigrants in June 2017, though it did not threaten the existence of the program.
The cancellation of the program was on hold by Supreme Court’s order, until recently when the court’s ideological divisions were displayed as it heard Trump administration’s appeal of lower court rulings that blocked the expansion of DACA.
Out of the nine, two conservative judges, who were appointed by President Trump, did not indicate any doubt over whether the DHS had the authority to cancel the program.
Liberal judge Sonia Sotomayor questioned the White House lawyers about whether the decision to cancel DACA was simply a “choice to ruin people’s lives”, while Ruth Bader Ginsburg claimed that the House did not weigh the impact of its decision to end the program.
Meanwhile, hundreds of DACA supporters assembled outside the court, forcing police to temporarily close the front street.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on whether to overturn Obama-era program is expected by June 2020, months before the presidential election. The question is if it goes into the Republicans favor then what would happen to the 700,000 undocumented immigrants, who have been protected from deportation by DACA.
A research has proven that DACA policies have improved the mental health outcomes of undocumented immigrants and their children, simultaneously increasing the wages and employment status of its participants.
Though it has reduced the number of undocumented immigrant households living in poverty, it has also compromised the availability of resources for the citizens and significantly affected the crime rates in the US. Many researches however, show that native-born Americans tend to have higher crime rates than immigrants.
But the situation of undocumented immigrants’ uprising to save their lives following the unsafe policies cannot be neglected.