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Life for DACA recipients in the U.S. is anything but assured, and a recent federal ruling has unleveled the shaky ground they navigate and drawn sharper curves into their paths.

A close-up image of a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lucia Starbuck / KUNR Public Radio

Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.

On the heels of a federal judge’s ruling to fully restore DACA, advocates in the Mountain West are hearing from an outpouring of young people hoping to apply for the first time.

Adriel Orozco, an immigration attorney and executive director of the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, says the majority of calls his law office is receiving are from potential first-time applicants.

He says the ruling brings some measure of relief after the uncertainty of the past few years, which have caused “heartache for our community.”

A federal judge has reversed the Trump administration's latest round of rules placing further limits on the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children from deportation.

Under the order filed Friday, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as soon as Monday.

Velas encendidas forman las siglas de DACA durante una vigilia
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

El Secretario Interino del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS) Chad F. Wolf anunció el 28 de julio que dicha agencia rechazará todas las nuevas solicitudes para el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA) mientras la agencia replantea el programa en su conjunto.

Un birrete decorado
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

Una corte federal emitió un dictamen el 17 de julio para ordenar al gobierno que vuelva a aceptar de manera inmediata nuevas solicitudes para la Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia o DACA, que ofrece ayuda a quienes fueron traídos ilegalmente a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños.

Los protestantes sostienen carteles que dicen "No DACA No Hay Paz", y "Lucha por DACA y los Inmigrantes".
Cortesía de la Coalición de Inmigración de Nevada (Nevada Immigration Coalition)

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La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos votó este pasado jueves, 18 de junio a favor de la política de DACA (por sus siglas en inglés), el programa de acción diferida para quienes entraron al país siendo menores de edad y cual le otorga, a casi 700 mil inmigrantes indocumentados traídos a los EE.UU. en su infancia, un permiso de trabajo de dos años y protección contra la deportación.

A graphic pull quote from Holly Welborn, the policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, explaining that DACA recipients have lived in fear of being deported. They are relieved now, but there is work to be done.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

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Last week the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy,  which grants a two-year work permit and protection from deportation to nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. 

KUNR’s Natalie Van Hoozer spoke with Holly Welborn, the policy director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, to further understand the Supreme Court's decision.

Narumi Kobyashi

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El jueves, 18 de junio, la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos rechazó el intento del gobierno de Trump para eliminar la política de DACA (por sus siglas en inglés), el programa de acción diferida para quienes entraron al país siendo menores de edad. La decisión nacional impacta a unos 700,000 beneficiarios de DACA que esperaban ansiosamente la noticia. 

A demonstrator is holding a handwritten sign and while looking away. The sign says We Are All Dreamers with an American flag taped to it.
Narumi Kobayashi

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The decision impacts roughly 700,000 DACA recipients who were anxiously awaiting the news. 

Updated at 6:35 p.m. ET

In a major rebuke to President Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the administration's plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected 700,000 so-called DREAMers from deportation. The vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion.

A blank DACA immigration form.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, as early as Thursday. DACA is a United States immigration policy that grants undocumented children brought to the U.S. at a young age a renewable two-year permit that protects them from deportation and grants them the opportunity to work legally. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano spoke with Michael Shamoon, an attorney with UNLV’s immigration clinic, about the future of this program.

Various signs and artwork with positive affirmations. One sign in the foreground is legible and says you can change the world, girl.
Natalie Van Hoozer

As early as Thursday, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. Also known as DACA, the immigration policy grants undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children an opportunity to obtain a renewable two-year work permit and protection from deportation.

Un documento de solicitud.
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR Public Radio

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Decenas de miles de beneficiarios con DACA están sintiendo un aumento de angustia emocional durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Oficiales del Sistema de Educación Superior de Nevada quieren extender su apoyo mediante la eliminación de la información falsa, esto mientras los beneficiarios esperan la decisión de la Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos sobre si rescindir o no la política.

An application form
Natalie Van Hoozer / KUNR

Tens of thousands of DACA recipients are experiencing increased levels of emotional distress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials with the Nevada System of Higher Education are extending their support by debunking misinformation during a time when recipients nervously await the Supreme Court’s decision on whether or not to rescind the immigration policy.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the DACA program. Meanwhile, several dozen child-advocacy groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently filed an amicus brief in the case.

 Velas y carteles de protesta se pueden ver en el suelo. Las velas deletrean "DACA".
Jeff Scheid / The Nevada Independent

El Gobernador de Nevada Steve Sisolak anunció que se unió a una petición para que el Congreso actúe por una solución permanente para beneficiarios de programas que durante años han protegido a miles de inmigrantes de la deportación y les han otorgado permisos de trabajo.

Erika Castro at the Nevada State Legislature
Michelle Rindels.

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For Erika Castro, it took years of doing odd jobs, babysitting and cleaning houses to be able to afford college. As an undocumented student, she faced more barriers in her quest for financial aid than U.S. citizens who can simply fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and land a Pell grant. Neither Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients nor undocumented students without DACA can receive federal aid.

Una mujer sonriendo y abrazando a una almohada.
Karina Gonzalez

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El Estatus de Protección Temporal, o TPS, es otorgado por el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional. Permite a las personas de varios países como Nicaragua, El Salvador y Haití vivir en los Estados Unidos temporalmente como un "refugio seguro". A finales de 2017, la administración Trump anunció la terminación del programa para numerosos países; sin embargo en octubre, un juez federal de California pospuso la decisión pendiente de más revisiones por los tribunales. Nuestra reportera Karina González visitó con una beneficiaria de TPS de Nicaragua, cuyo estatus de protección temporal debía terminar el 5 de enero.

Woman smiles and hugs pillow.
Karina Gonzalez

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Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is designated by the Department of Homeland Security. It allows people from various countries to live in the U.S. as a temporary “safe haven.” In late 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would terminate the program for four countries; however, in October, a federal judge in California put those plans on hold until there is further review by the courts. KUNR Reporter Karina Gonzalez visited a TPS holder from Nicaragua, whose status was originally set to terminate Saturday.

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