The Supreme Court began hearing arguments today in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, a case that could decide the fate of more than 17,000 Dreamers across New Mexico. These New Mexicans, who are able to remain in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, came here at an average age of seven years old.
This case comes two years after President Trump unilaterally ended the DACA program. Since then, the president promised Dreamers that he’s “going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud.” In 2018, several courts filed injunctions allowing Dreamers to continue to renew their status for the time being, but leaving them uncertain and anxious about their long-term fate.
DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding President Trump’s broken promises to Dreamers:
“This case is a direct result of the president’s decision to turn his back on Dreamers in New Mexico and across our nation. His empty rhetoric does nothing for the thousands of young New Mexicans who are living with the fear of being forced out of the only home they’ve ever known. Dreamers live, work, and contribute to New Mexico every day, and they deserve to feel secure in their home state.”