Life in limbo for Dreamers in Dane County
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- March 5th is supposed to be the do-or-die moment for Congress to come up with a plan on DACA, a program the Trump administration ended last September.
Congress and President Trump have negotiated for months for new immigration legislation, including on the status of dreamers, but a series of Senate votes earlier this month didn't pass.
On Monday, a lower federal court judge ruled DACA must remain active, a sigh of relief for DACA recipients known as "Dreamers."
"I tell people that it feels like you’re walking in a really high tight rope," Madison College student and DACA recipient Alondra Quechol said. "But blindfolded super high on the tallest skyscraper probably the height of the Empire State building."
Alondra's parents brought her to the US from Mexico when she was 3. Now 21, she hopes to be the first person in her family with a college degree. A certificate she can only get because of her active DACA status.
"They’re just American kids except on paper," Immigration Attorney at Murphy Desmond S.C. Glorily Lopez said. "What actually happens In Congress before March fifth remains to be seen. And right now there’s absolutely no path forward given that President Trump has clearly indicated that he will not provide a sort of legislative solution for the dreamers unless he actually gets certain items in exchange."