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Jun 22, 2020

Belizean Dreamer Reacts to DACA Ruling

Denae Joseph

And some good news, last week Thursday the Supreme Court of the United States ruled to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing young people to apply for and get authorization to work and/or go to college in the US. They are called ‘dreamers’ and were taken to the US as undocumented children, such as Belizean Denae Joseph. The programme has allowed more than eight hundred thousand young people who qualified to go to school, work and live their lives without fear of deportation. An estimated five hundred Belizeans are a part of that programme. The Trump administration ended the programme in September 2017, but the Supreme Court found that decision to be arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. Joseph says that the news is very much welcome by the dreamers.


Denae Joseph, DACA Recipient

“It was a very positive outcome one of outcomes that I did not necessarily expect that would happen because all the speculation that we had been hearing about it and potentially what the justices would do. No one knows what is on their mind until the decision is actually made but knowing that there were so many  conservative justices most of which have been appointed under this president, under this administration I was led to believe that it would not go in our favour. Of course I was hopeful and I wanted it to go in our favour but knowing how the court is made so many conservative folks I did not necessarily expect the positive outcome that happened as of Thursday and I am so grateful for it and appreciative that they made the decision to be on the right side of history.  People are coming from all over the world to be in the United States of America and we need to tell those stories too.”

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