Decision on DACA Recipients Left to US Congress


SAN JUAN – Rio Grande Valley Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients are in limbo. The federal courts, Congress, and a presidential signature stand between them and deportation.
A Valley college professor says the federal judge overstepped his bounds. He’s calling the ruling unconstitutional.
Thousands of people don't know what the future will bring. It wasn't Abraham Diaz's decision to come to the United States in 2002.
"Suddenly there are so many big changes in my life. When you find out you're undocumented and then there's no way for you to legally work in the U.S,” said Diaz.
DACA gave Diaz the right to achieve a degree and feel like he was a part of the American dream.
"I have this opportunity to work to pay taxes to contribute to the only place I call home, but then being taken away just out of nowhere it's very complicated so many mixed feelings,” said Diaz.
Diaz is one of more than 800,000 DACA members waiting for a decision.
“I have less than a year with my permit left, so having to feel in this limbo is something that shouldn't be done,” said Diaz.
This week a federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump's Department of Justice September order that DACA would end.
"Politics right now is so convoluted,” said Diaz.
South Texas College political science professor Bill Greene says the judge doesn't have the power to do that.  He showed us the constitution.
"Nowhere in there does it say that federal courts have the final say what's constitutional, but even more so, in this particular case, nowhere does it say that they can reverse a presidential directive that reversed an unconstitutional presidential directive,” said Greene.
Greene said it's up to Congress to make the decision.
"Congress can pass a law where they carve out exceptions for that group of people,” said Greene.
This leaves dreamers like Diaz left to wonder.
"It so overwhelming because there's so much uncertainty of what's going to happen if the DACA will be continued or there's going to be a permanent solution,” said Diaz.
It was Diaz's parents’ decision to come to the United States from Mexico. It will be a congressional decision as to whether he stays.
Congress is still in debate about DACA.
On Tuesday, Congressman Henry Cuellar was in the meeting with President Trump. He said Congress will meet again to discuss immigration reform on Thursday.
They will review four main topics DACA, border security, chain migration or the ability of a legal resident to bring a relative into the U.S. and lottery diversity visas.

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