In June, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld legal protections for thousands of participants in DACA, many celebrated. But, thousands of young immigrants in Tennessee are still in a legal limbo, despite meeting all the criteria to be part of the program.
When Jazmin Ramirez heard the news early Thursday that the U.S. Supreme court ruled that she and 700,000 other young undocumented immigrants would be allowed to remain in this country, she waited for someone else to tell her before she could believe it herself.
The fate of thousands of recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, best known as DACA, could be decided as soon as Monday. Tennessee’s so-called DREAMERS are feeling anxious as they await the important decision.
Hear the radio version of this story. For the first time, there is no Christmas tree adorning Veronica Zavaleta’s usually festive home. “Right now we are in limbo,” says Zavaleta. “I can’t even prepare for Christmas. I don’t have the Christmas spirit in me.” She pauses. Then adds, “I don’t want to set up my […]
Listen / Thousands of immigrant students from all over the country with temporary legal protections through DACA are descending on Washington D.C. That includes a caravan coming from Tennessee. They will join in others in asking their state representatives to push for a vote on the Dream Act before December.
Listen / The announcement this month that DACA may be phased out has kicked off a mad dash for thousands of immigrants to renew their permits. They have until Oct. 5 to file the paperwork. A renewal would buy them two extra years if the program comes to an end. But first, they need […]
Glencliff is one of the most diverse high schools in the state. Almost half of the student population is Hispanic or Latino. And many of them have protection under the DACA program. So that’s where the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition held a workshop Thursday night for students and their families to try to […]
Listen / Tuesday was hard for Evelin Salgado’s students. She teaches at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch, and many of the seats in her classroom are occupied by DREAMers. They are able to drive, work and enroll in college, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the Trump administration now […]
Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper doesn’t agree with the administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. But he’s hoping the state’s U.S. senators will continue to support the program.
Immigration attorneys across the country and in Nashville say their offices are overflowing with young undocumented aliens. Starting Wednesday, immigrants who were brought across the border by their parents can apply for temporary legal status.