The government shutdown has ended, with Democrats and Republicans agreeing to fund the government through Feb. 8. Part of the deal: Republican leaders pledged to “address the fate of young, undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers,” reports The New York Times. No legislation to protect Dreamers has yet been passed.
The move is a disappointing one for immigration rights activists, faith leaders, and more, who for weeks have been calling for a solution that would keep families and communities together, and setting limits to funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations that put immigrants at risk.
Since the Trump administration announced in September that it was bringing DACA to an end, nearly 16,000 DACA recipients have already lost their protections. DACA is set to formally expire on March 5, but the process has already shortchanged benefits for many, with up to 122 more young adults losing their protections each day. While Democrats and Republicans go back to the drawing board on DACA, here are eight stories to catch you up on the fate of Dreamers and DACA recipients:
1. Meet the Dreamers of North Carolina (Jan. 19, 2018)
They're volunteers, students, and nonprofit workers. And their future is uncertain.
“This is a loving, strong, and brave family determined to stay together.”
ICE officials are planning a major sweep in Northern California counties in an operation that could lead to the arrests of more than 1,500 undocumented people over the next few weeks.
4. Is ICE Targeting Immigration Rights Activists? (Jan. 17, 2018)
Immigration activists are organizing massive protests and vigils as Immigration and Customs Enforcement has detained or otherwise targeted at least four undocumented immigrant rights leaders in the past month.
The NYC New Sanctuary Coalition’s Accompaniment Project has trained hundreds of volunteers to accompany people facing deportation on their required periodic “check-ins” with the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
7. Undocumented and Unashamed: DACA Recipients Share Their Stories (Sept. 6. 2017)
DACAmented youth from around the country share their stories.
8. Who's Affected by DACA Changes? (Sept. 27, 2017)
This interactive map shows DACA recipients by congressional district.