Coronavirus Brings Extra Uncertainty for DACA Students Awaiting a Supreme Court Decision
Sara Weissman, Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Luz Chavez, a junior at Trinity Washington University, became her family’s only source of income after her mother lost her service job last month because of the coronavirus. A triple major in education, sociology and political science, Chavez works as a youth leader at an organization that advocates for immigrant rights. She’s also a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA students like Chavez have been in limbo for months, as the U.S. Supreme Court continues to deliberate on whether to uphold the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to end the DACA program. Now, as the coronavirus crisis takes hold, both DACA and undocumented students face even more questions about their future.