Inside Shirlington Library was one of the many informational sessions happening Monday night because of the “March 5th deadline” on DACA. However the message shared was: DACA is still alive.
The only thing is, it’s still alive for some and they don’t know for how long. Lizzette Arias hosted the Monday informational session. Even she’s waiting for her DACA to be renewed before it expires.
“I feel like it’s been agony of DACA just dying little-by-little,” said Arias.
On Monday night the group, The Dream Project, brought Attorney Robert Remes to explain the current situation, which he said started with the Trump Administration announced the end to DACA last September.
"Everyone agrees, whether it's Donald Trump or any other President, has the right to have a program like DACA or has the right to end a program like DACA…But in our system, when things are ended, they're supposed to be rational, logical reasons that are given,” said Remes who told the group, a Federal judge didn’t find that to be the case.
The injunction issued stopping the Trump Administration from ending DACA.
There's appeal process.
However, instead of waiting, Remes said the Administration went to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court recently decided not to take-up DACA. That means it's back to waiting for an Appeal’s Court’s decision.
"It will be many months until the appeals court makes a decision,” said Remes.
In the meantime, the injunction stays in place, so anyone with DACA can renew but new applicants are not allowed.
This could also change with Congress.
"They can't get something passed with 80 percent of the US population behind it,” said Arias in frustration, “I don't understand what could be more widely wanted and accepted and (takes a large breath) called for and them still not being able to get a Dream Act passed."