COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Almost 700,000 people were enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in September of 2017 when the Trump administration wanted to begin to phase out the program over a 6 month period. With a recent ruling, the program will last a little longer.
The ruling from Judge John Bates requires the administration to begin accepting first-time applicants for the program.
Elvis Saldias, a 25-year-old Dreamer living in Columbus, said he likes the ruling.
“I thought it was a good outcome for the Dreamer community,” he said.
Saldias said he is grateful for the program.
He’s been in Ohio since 2001, when he was only 9 years old.
“I grew up in the Toledo area,” said Saldias. “I went to Ohio State and I graduated. I’ve been living in Columbus since then. It’s the state where my family is at and it’s the state where I have the most memories, and I consider myself an American and an Ohioan.”
While his life’s history is here in Ohio, he understands that could change any day.
That’s because Judge Bates is giving the Department of Homeland Security the opportunity to try to phase out the program again within 90 days.
Bates says the department must provide a better explanation.
“At the end of the day it’s a temporary measure and we welcome it because without it he situation would be worse, but there needs to be a remedy,” said Saldias. “Hopefully legislation passed that would remedy the situation.”
The U.S. Supreme Court denied the administration’s request to leapfrog appeals courts in February, ensuring that this program would stay for few more months.