DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of the DACA program. Meanwhile, several dozen child-advocacy groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recently filed an amicus brief in the case.

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Members of Congress are pushing to seal the deal on the status of immigrants who came to this country illegally as children.

The decision was supposed to be made by March 5, but that didn’t happen.

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A fierce debate is taking place across the country right now: What to do about immigrants who came here illegally as children. Up until recently, they qualified for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects them from deportation. But the Trump administration rescinded that Obama-era rule and Congress is debating what will take its place.  

We talked to three people affected by that debate right here in the Mountain West.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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UPDATE: 21-year-old Anarely Marquez will accompany Democratic Colorado congressman Jared Polis to the 2018 State of the Union Address. Marquez is a Colorado State University student and DACA recipient. KUNC's Kyra Buckley spoke to her in September after the Trump administration announced it would end the DACA program. Read more on their conversation below.