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By IndyKids Staff

The Dreamers’ future is once again under threat this month after Andrew Hanen, a Texas federal judge, ruled  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program unconstitutional.

DACA, an initiative created in 2012 by then-President Obama, protects undocumented immigrants who come to the United States as children from deportation. This ruling will bar the U.S. government from accepting new applications to the program. 

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that there were approximately 640,000 DACA recipients living and working in the United States in 2020, of which, an estimated 200,000 have worked as essential workers throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Their future now rests with the federal court of appeals.