After hearing arguments on Tuesday, a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the future of DACA, also known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, may not come until next year. However, from the tone during arguments, reports say the justices may be leaning toward siding with President Trump’s decision to end the program, which currently grants temporary protection from deportation to around 700,000 young immigrants.
Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann partner Andrés Correa told the Dallas Morning News Spanish-language newspaper, Al Día about his own experiences and the hope he still sees even if the Supreme Court does permit the program to end.
Correa es un abogado inmigrante que llegó de Chile a los 11 años. Durante su tiempo en la escuela, estuvo en el país con una visa de estudiante internacional. Pero gracias a la Texas Dream Act pudo acceder a becas para su formación, que lo llevaron a estudiar a Nueva York y luego volver a Dallas.
Para él, aún hay esperanza si la Corte Suprema falla en contra de continuar DACA.
“Yo creo que sí hay esperanza porque el público en general apoyan a estos jóvenes; es un país que realmente da oportunidades, así que sí lo apoya la gente.
Yo creo que sí hay esperanza, pero va a ser un camino largo y muy incierto. Y lamentablemente la ayuda que necesitan estos jóvenes para estudiar es hoy día”, dijo.
English translation: Correa is an immigrant attorney who arrived from Chile at the age of 11. During his time in school, he was in the country on an international student visa. But thanks to the Texas Dream Act, he was able to access scholarships for his training that allowed him to study in New York and then return to Dallas.
For him, there is hope if the Supreme Court rules against continuing DACA.
“I think that there is still hope because the general public supports these young people; it’s a country that really gives opportunities, so people do support the program. I think there is hope, but it’s going to be a long and uncertain road. And, unfortunately, the help that these young people need in order to study is needed today,” he said.
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