SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (3/5/2018) The Obama-era program which gives protection to over 700,000 Dreamers was given an expiration date by President Trump last September after he announced Congress had six months to find a more permanent and legally sound solution.
However, despite Trump's decision, the Supreme Court stepped in and ordered the Department of Homeland Security to continue renewing existing DACA permits while the legal battle plays out.
"It totally changes what you can do with your life. So it's just really hard to take all that in and think about your future and make all these big life decisions and have it be based on the whim of politicians in D.C.," said Mayra Ramirez, a local DACA recipient.
However, as the sun sets on the proposed deadline date, Congress is still no closer to a permanent solution.
"For most of us who have DACA who are undocumented in any way, it's really difficult to see yourself having a future, not just here but anywhere, because things are so uncertain," said Ramirez.
Despite the uncertainty, Ramirez and the thousands of Dreamers like her across the U.S. are not giving up and are continuing to fight for their future.
"I am hopeful. I think there's always a part of us that has to be, especially after living like this for so long. I don't think we would have made it if we didn't have a small bit of hope."
As of now, Dreamers are still able to renew their work permits for the foreseeable future. However, with the past four immigration bills failing in the senate over the last month, it appears unlikely the immigration standstill will be ending anytime soon.