GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing Texas v. United States and the future of DACA rests on this case.

Marissa Molina, the state director for the advocacy group Forward US, said, “ending DACA protections would have really monumental consequences.” Not only for the 600,000 Dreamers but for the communities, schools, and places they work at.

Molina said she expects the court to make a ruling in the fall but she doesn’t expect it to be a good ruling. “Given how this court has ruled on similar issues in the past we do anticipate this to be a negative ruling.

One of the legal issues being discussed in the case is states alleging DACA puts an excessive financial burden on them by expanding their immigrant populations.

This contradicts 2018 findings by the American Action Forum which show that DACA recipients contribute roughly $3.4 billion to the Federal balance sheet and $42 billion to the U.S. economy.

These are the states challenging DACA with Texas:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Kansas
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • South Carolina
  • West Virginia

Until the 5th Circuit Court issues a ruling all you can do to help is by supporting DACA recipients. While no new DACA applications are being accepted, current DACA recipients can still renew their protections