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Dreamers

Erik Neumann / KUER


Today was the day that the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was set to expire by the Trump administration. That’s the program that protects young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The decision was put on hold last week after the Supreme Court chose not to review legal arguments about DACA. Again, it leaves the fate of so-called Dreamers in limbo, including several thousand people here in Utah.

A fierce debate is taking place across the country right now: What to do about immigrants who came here illegally as children. Up until recently, they qualified for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects them from deportation. But the Trump administration rescinded that Obama-era rule and Congress is debating what will take its place.  

We talked to three people affected by that debate right here in the Mountain West.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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For the more than 10,000 Utahns who are recipients of DACA—the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation—the future remains unclear.