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DACA applicants say their futures hang in the balance

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Courtesy Flor Camarena
Flor Camarena, 18, will begin her first year at Metropolitan State University of Denver this fall.

First-time applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, say a their fates rest in the hands of the courts. DACA allows immigrants who come to the U.S. as children to work or go to college without the threat of deportation -- at least temporarily.

Last year, a federal judge ruled the program was unlawful and all first-time DACA applications were put on hold. The Biden administration appealed the ruling and a decision is expected this fall. Those awaiting the decision say their ability to choose a career path hinges on their acceptance into the program.

Reporter Yesenia Robles profiled student Flor Camarena for a recent article in Chalkbeat about the legal limbo many first-time applicants face.