By Catherine E. Shoichet
March 5, 2018
It was supposed to be a make or break moment.
When the Trump administration said last September it was pulling the plug on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, March 5 was the program’s official end date.
It was the looming deadline that finally was going to force Congress to tackle the perennial political hot potato of immigration.
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Protesters organized, lawmakers invoked it in fiery speeches, and the President warned that time was running out to make a deal.
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The March 5 deadline has now become more of a symbolic marker than a moment when anything major is expected to happen for the roughly 700,000 DACA recipients.
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How did this happen?
When Supreme Court justices said they would stay out of the DACA debate, their decision took the teeth — temporarily — out of the administration’s efforts to end the program.
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So does this mean DACA recipients have nothing to worry about?
Immigrant rights advocates answer with a resounding “no.” They say things are still dire — and many DACA recipients will find themselves in limbo.
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Wait, I thought Congress was going to fix this.
So did a lot of people. And many lawmakers said they wanted to make a deal.
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What does President Trump have to say about all this?
It’s difficult to say where he stands. He’s made several conflicting public statements.
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Who will decide the DACA recipients’ fates?
Given how difficult it’s been for Congress and the President to make a deal, it looks like judges and justices will cast the deciding votes.
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