Future still murky for young immigrants as DACA 'deadline' day arrives

DACA protesters gather in Indy

A group of DACA recipients wore white wigs and hobbled around on canes outside the Democratic National Committee in Washington to highlight how long they've waited for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, a bill that would protect them but has repeatedly failed since it was first introduced in 2001. The issue could come up again before a March 23 deadline to fund the federal government, but there's no clear path to a solution yet.

Both those developments have taken the pressure off lawmakers.

Then last week, the Supreme Court denied an expedited hearing of the DACA case filed from the Trump administration and recommended that it go through the appeals court.

Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, a Cornell University law professor, said the Supreme Court's refusal to intervene "throws the DACA program back into Congress' lap".

"We are here to make sure they don't forget about us".

In the attached video, Alexandra Limon reports on protests in Washington, DC, demanding action from lawmakers. Many in a crowd of chanting protesters blocked traffic near the Capitol, while others demonstrated inside congressional office buildings.

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Immigration-related demonstrations took place in several other cities, including NY.

Lawmakers had every opportunity to legislate a fix, but the fate of the Dreamers has proved too divisive for Congress to resolve.

While numerous protests are focusing on Republican leaders in Congress and White House officials who have stalled efforts to pass a DACA solution, some protesters targeted Democrats as well for not pushing the issue hard enough.

Among the Senate bills that did not advance was a Trump-backed plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers - the 700,000 DACA registrants, plus 1.1 million who did not register - in exchange for extra border security funding and dramatic curtailment of legal immigration. He says, "We are ready to make a deal!"

President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for failing to pass legislation extending protections for young immigrants that he has tried to end.

Congress was already moving on.

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