Immigration attorney weighs in on DACA

Immigration attorney weighs in on DACA

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - In September 2017, President Donald Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he created a six-month delay to give Congress time to come up with a legislative version of the policy.

That deadline passed on March 5.

Since 2012, roughly 700,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children have received protection under DACA.

Immigration attorney Belinda Martinez Arroyo is working with several DACA recipients in East Texas.

"It's unfortunate that so many promises were made about how Congress would act before March 5," said Arroyo.

On January 10, a federal judge in California ruled that the program could remain in place while legal challenges over DACA were resolved in court.

One month later, on February 13th, a second federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking the trump administration from ending DACA.

The second injunction allows DACA recipients to re-apply for a new two-year extension, but no new applicants can apply.

"The problem is the court injunction could be lifted any day and people keep renewing without knowing when there is going to be a decision," said Arroyo.

Arroyo says Congress could have put the legal fight to rest by passing legislation on DACA but without any action, her best advice for DACA recipients is to keep renewing.

She believes that because of the injunction there is no pressure on Congress to come to a resolution anytime soon.

Copyright 2018 KLTV. All rights reserved.