The Supreme Court ruled in favor of DACA, the program offering relief to immigrants brought to the country as children, on Thursday.
The 5-4 ruling means that those eligible for the program will have work authorization and temporary protection from deportation for the time being. In 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the end of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was initiated by former President Barack Obama in 2012 when the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act did not pass in congress several times. Those impacted by both DACA and the DREAM act are referred to as “Dreamers.”
“DREAMers are Nevadans. They’re our neighbors, teachers & friends. They deserve to live and work in our state & country without the constant fear of deportation, and I’m thrilled and grateful that #SCOTUS agrees,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a tweet.
Others are weary that the court ruling in favor of DACA is not enough because it does not provide a permanent solution to those who are impacted.
“Congress must provide permanent relief for Dreamers and finally give them the opportunity to become full citizens of this country,” tweeted Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
The DACA executive order allows those young people who often grew up in America and identify as American access to education, opportunities for work, and deferment of deportation for two years until renewal. In 2017, they stopped accepting new applicants but allowed those who were already part of the program to renew.