The future of DACA remains unknown

Every state in the country, including South Carolina, has its share of residents that have come to the United States from some other nation. When or how people have emigrated to the U.S. varies from person to person and family to family. But, what often remains consistent is that people come to the U.S. seeking a better future for themselves and for their family members. This may be due to difficult conditions in their homelands, to more positive opportunities in the U.S. or a combination of both.

Today, many people in the U.S. from other nations remain concerned about their ability to stay here. As reported by USA Today, a program established by the previous U.S. President some seven years ago allowed a large number of young people originally brought to the United States illegally by their parents to remain in the country legally. The program was called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

There were clear requirements that people had to meet in order to stay in the U.S. under DACA. These included either being in school or the military as well as not being convicted of any crimes. The current U.S. President, however, has been attempting to end the DACA program. If this happened, the future of the people enrolled in it remains unknown. Would they be here illegally and then at risk for breaking the law by simply living, working and studying in the U.S.?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard testimony about DACA and will now deliberate on whether or not it can legally remain in place. The ruling may come next spring.