What’s Next for DACA

After a federal judge’s ruling against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it may take a multipronged approach to aid young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

“Now is the time to do more,” said Miriam Feldblum, a co-founder and executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

I called up Feldblum to ask about next steps for colleges after U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ruled DACA unlawful and blocked it from approving new applicants:

Lobby Congress. The U.S. House passed a bill earlier this spring giving legal protections and a path to citizenship to DACA recipients and other young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers. But the Senate has yet to act, and a legislative path may be a rocky one — President Obama created DACA by executive order because of congressional inaction.

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