‘Sigh of relief’ – Rutgers grad and DACA recipient thankful for Supreme Court ruling
A recent Rutgers University graduation and DACA recipient says that she is thankful that the United States Supreme Court has blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The 5-4 decision by the Court was announced Thursday. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal judges to continue the program for now.
DACA allows immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to be protected from deportation
"The anticipation for this kind of decision was growing since the rescission of DACA on Sept. 5 of 2017,” says Esder Chong. “Seems like we've been holding our breaths for that long so this moment served - at least for me - as a huge sigh of relief."
Chong was born in South Korea and has been raised in central New Jersey since she was 6 years old.
“If I were to be deported to South Korea today, I would quickly buy a one-way ticket to Canada, potentially because I don’t know Korean fluently enough to survive there. I don’t know the culture,” says Chong.
This it the second ruling in the past week that has gone against the Trump administration. The Supreme Court also ruled that members of the LGBTQ community are protected from being fired because of their lifestyles.
Chief Justice Roberts says that he decided the way he did on the DACA decision because he did not think that the Trump administration property justified its reason for wanting to end the program.
President Donald Trump criticized the court on Twitter.
“These horrible and politically-charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” Trump wrote. “We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd Amendment and everything else. Vote Trump 2020.”
Chong says that she is worried that the president may try again to end the program.
“President Trump could totally rescind DACA again or find some alternative solution to bring this to court again. And so, also keeping in mind that DACA is a temporary solution to a limited number of undocumented people. So, my reaction is there will always be this layer of uncertainly without a permanent solution on the legislative side,” she says.
Chong says that she would like to see Congress come up with a pathway to citizenship for immigrants like her and her family.