WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) â€” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun asking immigration courts to deport some young adult immigrants who have remained in the U.S. under a program known as DACA.
â€œDACA recipients, while theyâ€™re supposed to be protected, weâ€™re seeing they are actually being targeted in some cases,â€ Jose Munoz said.
Immigrant rights advocate Jose Munoz said several young people, known as â€œDreamersâ€ arrived in the country illegally as children.
He said reports surfaced in three states of Dreamers receiving deportation case notifications, despite their legal protections as DACA recipients.
â€œThereâ€™s some fear, thereâ€™s anxiety,â€ Munoz said. â€œObviously thereâ€™s a lot of unknown.â€
This is all happening as the supreme court is considering the fate of the DACA program.
Some DACA opponents applaud the fact that ICE is going after Dreamers. They believe it means the Trump administration expects a favorable ruling from the high court.
â€œI think they think theyâ€™re going to win,â€ James Carafano said. â€œAnd I think what theyâ€™re doing now is prepping.â€
James Carafano is with the Conservative Heritage foundation.
He said if the supreme court rules in favor of the Trump administration, ICE will actively work to deport Dreamers.
â€œIf DACA is wiped away, then everything is back on the table, and all the cases are really up for review,â€ Carafano said.
But Munoz said, regardless what the supreme court decides, others need to step up.
â€œWhat we need now is for leaders to be listening to whatâ€™s happening,â€ he said. â€œAnd to take a stand against the attacks that this administration is levying.â€
He said ICEâ€™s actions are prompting activists and legal defenders to mobilize in defense of Dreamers.