Local 'Dreamers' Watch Supreme Court Hearing On DACA

Jim Gudas
November 12, 2019 - 3:16 pm

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Two Loyola University students had a very personal interest as they sat in the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to watch arguments in a case involving hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

Loyola University law student Fernanda Herrera came here from Mexico when she was 2 and says she has been able to thrive in this country because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.

Also in the courtroom was Cesar Montelongo Hernandez, a Loyola medical student who came to the United States from Mexico when he was 10.

The Supreme Court is considering whether to allow the Trump Administration to end DACA.

It was created by the Obama administration in 2012 and delayed the deportation of people brought to the country illegally by their parents when they were under 16.

DACA has allowed immigrants such as Herrera to get Social Security numbers, study in the United States and apply for work authorization as adults.

Herrera says for her what’s at stake is her future in the only country she’s ever known as home.