After DACA Deadline Passes, Thousands Demand Action to Protect 'Dreamers'

Bernardo Castro is a senior at BYU and a DACA recipient

Many Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students were still uncertain Sunday about whether or not their status expires tomorrow, after the Trump administration's announcement to end the DACA program completely.

Immigration advocates are holding rallies across the country today in support of Dreamers.

The court system has given a temporary reprieve.

DACA protects from deportation an estimated 700,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the minors by their parents.

Courts in NY and California ruled President Obama's 2012 executive order creating DACA was legal, freezing President Trump's repeal.

The DACA program allowed young immigrants- brought to the U.S. as children- who registered with the government, paid a fee and passed criminal security background checks, to come forward and fully contribute to our country without fear of deportation. "We are anxious and we are scared of being torn away from (our) homes and our community".

Back in September President Trump said he would end DACA by March 5th if Congress did not find a replacement. "Gave them 6 months, they just don't care", Trump said on Twitter.

Currently, the House Republican leadership is backing a bill by Rep.

A federal judge in California ruled in January that the Trump administration used flawed legal reasoning when it chose to end the Obama-era program, and ordered it to continue processing DACA renewals.

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The Supreme Court, however, rejected that request, stating it assumed that "the court of appeals will act expeditiously to decide this case". From there, it is expected to go to the Supreme Court, likely keeping DACA alive through November midterm elections.

Supreme Court ruling took pressure off lawmakers; chief congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.

We open the phones to help clear up the confusion on DACA, hear your thoughts and stories about how the program has had an impact on you, and review the history of how we ended up in a moment where so many lives hang in legal limbo. It is with this spirit that we will continue the fight. For those of my friends whose work permits have expired or are set to expire this month and don't have the funds to renew, it has been heartbreaking.

There were almost 14,000 people with expired permits who applied for renewals but hadn't received them at the end of January.

That means tens of thousands of DACA enrollees may lose their DACA protections while they wait for their renewals to go through.

They bickered. Young immigrants and activists launched fiery protests.

That fear is intensified by the fact that ICE has been arresting higher numbers of undocumented immigrants who haven't committed any crimes beyond their immigration violations. That was a sharp departure from the Obama administration, which focused on those with criminal records.

An overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of granting DACA recipients permanent status, according to polls.

"For myself, I worry because I am not sure about my future", said Lopez, a native of Mexico.

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