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.