The impact of DACA on its 9th anniversary

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Today is the 9th anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. The program has been in danger of being eliminated by courts, but it is still around today. It protects people without documentation who are brought here by their parents at a young age.

Horizonte host, Jose Cardenas, spoke with Daniel Hernandez from the Arizona dream act coalition, about it. Hernandez said. We looked at the impact that they have had on dreamers. It has been around since 2012. Hernandez said he has a lot of family and friends that have benefited from the program. DACA was actually an executive order.

He talks about his process and how his experience has been. He explains the possible changes that are to come. Hernandez said this helps people have opportunities without having to be scared all the time. It also allows you to work. Although, it does not give you in-state tuition in Arizona.

We talk about how public schools cannot offer in-state tuition but private schools are able to. He is currently attending Grand Canyon University. We talked about what it looks like right now for DACA and the supreme court.

Last year, the Supreme Court said there were not enough constitutional reasons to get rid of DACA, but Hernandez said it is still kind of in “limbo”. He said the chances of having 10 people from across the aisle come to an agreement does not seem likely. He also said DACA is something you have to pay for and renew.

Daniel Hernandez, Arizona Dream Act Coalition

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