Another DACA student interning in Springfield, Oneida Vargas said, "It's frustrating...as it is our lives are in limbo and it just kind of seems like they are playing a game with our lives...it just adds a lot more stress than we already have". More than 51,000 applications remained pending as of Saturday. On Monday, the Department of Justice set a quota for the nation's immigration judges, requiring that they dispose of at least 700 cases a year so as to speed up the pace of deportations.
According to a Scroll report, Trump meant to have the programme discontinued by March. But federal district judges in California and NY issued nationwide injunctions blocking those plans. "That's a big step", he said. Of those, 31,860 had been approved as of Saturday, and 32,280 were still pending.
Court rulings have kept the DACA program in place until higher courts can weigh in.
His efforts have thus far failed to produce a comprehensive overhaul of America's immigration laws or full funding for his border wall in the Republican-led Congress. "And that's where dreamers come in because they have no other legal avenues they can pursue under immigration laws".
Applicable immigrants are those who have lived in USA since 2007, and who entered the country before the age of 16. "Hopefully, Congress will get their acts together and create very powerful laws". "And there's also a good possibility that won't happen".
But Osornio said these laws can't steal their voice. "Not all Dreamers are protected by the recent court decisions and we still desperately need a permanent solution to Trump's DACA disaster".
Whether Trump will stick to his guns on DACA is unclear.
The president announced plans to wind down the program starting March 5, but Alsup ruled that the program should continue while a lawsuit over DACA is pending. "We should put that new law to a vote in the Senate", he said on Twitter. They flow right through Mexico. "In addition, a new immigrant couldn't take advantage of the suspended program because they have to prove they have been here for several years".
Of course, DACA should be extended. Mexico's foreign minister, Luis Videgaray Caso, fired back at Trump on Sunday following the president's initial tweets.
Part of the conversations included discussions about possibly using government money approved for the Pentagon on the construction of the border wall - a desire of Trump's that faces exceedingly long odds given the nature of congressional appropriations. Trump began tweeting over the weekend on immigration from Florida, threatening to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they're coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are only eligible for protection if they were in the USA and under age 31 in June 2012.
About 1,100 migrants, many from Honduras, have been marching along roadsides and train tracks in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca.
California is home to the largest group of DACA recipients - almost 200,000.