AUSTIN, Texas – A lawyer, a teacher, a doctoral student and an undergraduate education gathered in a courtroom on the sixth floor one new afternoon to discuss their common dreams and nightmares.
The dreams are prospects in the United States filled with college degrees and successful careers, home ownership and happy families.
The nightmares are losing their college loans, driving licenses, jobs – and the only country they call home.
"In a way, it feels very surreal," said Anayeli Marcos, 25, who hopes to graduate from the University of Texas flagship campus here in May with a dual master's degree in social work and Latin American studies. "Sometimes it's a bit overwhelming and feels like your destiny is in the hands of people who don't know you."
The Supreme Court will have the fate of these four "Dreamers" and about 660,000 others in its holding Tuesday as it contemplates the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Child Arrivals Program, which has provided a reprieve for some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. A decision on the DACA program is expected next spring in the middle of the 2020 presidential election.
In Austin, where Texas State officials brought the original challenge to both DACA and a poor effort by President Barack Obama to extend similar protection to 4 million undocumented parents, Pedro Villalobo's job as assistant county attorney is in jeopardy.
The State argues in court papers that "Congress has never granted the executive carte blanche to provide legal presence to any foreigner it chooses not to remove, let alone benefits including work permits, health care, unemployment and a path to citizenship." 19659002] Sitting in a county court that he regularly uses to prosecute crimes, Villalobos, 28, said a defeat at the Supreme Court "would end my service to this community."
"I represent the state, but the state does not represent me," he said.
Karen Reyes, preschool teacher in preschool children, has a timetable for her two-year DACA renewal for next year's Christmas holiday season, so that if it is not granted, the school system can replace her without interruption.
"We live our lives two years at a time," said Reyes, 31, even though "I don't even have a parking ticket to my name."
Vanessa Rodriguez, the youngest in the group of 21, has put her plans in addition to graduating from the University of Texas on hold because her work permit could disappear with DACA.
"Part of being undocumented is knowing that you have to plan, she said." Will I be able to fund myself through the next phase of my life? "
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The three cases of The Supreme Court's dock, consolidated from many others, is significant for several reasons:
• They represent a major wrestling match between executive and legislative branches of government. Obama created the program without congressional input. With Texas in the lead, the Trump administration claims it was illegal.
"As a state attorney, my opinion is law and the constitution," Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in the DAY last year. "No president has the power to change the law simply because he's upset that Congress doesn't succeeded in adopting its favored legislation. Such behavior is not only petulant and childish, but more importantly, it disintegrates the distribution of power, the very foundation of a constitutional government. "
• They constitute the third major immigration battle to reach the court where the Trump administration has used varying motivations for its actions. The Court finally adopted President Donald Trump's travel ban on several major Muslim nations last year but blocked his efforts this year for to put a citizen question on the 2020 census.
• They promote the Trump administration's effort to phase out politics on the Obama administration. The president has not been able to remove the Affordable Care Act but was more successful in ending Obama's Clean Power Plan, his
• Even if Trump wins, the victors may be just a bargaining chip in negotiations with Congress, where he could offer to extend DACA protections in exchange for increased funding for a border wall in Mexico.
But none of these reasons have attracted as much attention as sea live the "dreams", many of which came to America before they could walk or talk. About 80% of them come from Mexico. Almost 10% more came from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Nearly 200,000 live in California, another 100,000 in Texas.
Included among them are Ivy League academics and a Rhodes scholar from South Korea, an orthopedic surgeon and a Catholic priest. Apple alone employs 443 DACA recipients, including Kevin Gomez, a self-described tech nerd.