Immigration attorney weighs in on status of Nebraska 'Dreamers'

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska "Dreamers" took to the capitol Monday afternoon reminding the world that their futures are still unknown. For six months, they've waited for answers, and a local immigration attorney says they could be waiting even longer.

In September, President Trump ended the DACA program and gave Congress six months to take action and make new legislation.

However, time is up and no legislation has passed.

A large crowd attended Monday's vigil, including Valeria Rodriguez who organized the event to show the country their future is still in limbo.

"This day marked that there was supposed to be legislation passed. This administration promised that there was going to be a solution," said Rodriguez.

But March 5 did not bring any answers for DACA recipients. Congress has yet to pass anything and the Senate has made attempts but none have stuck.

"And then more recently both a federal court in California and a federal court in New York have agreed that it was unconstitutional for the President to cancel his program," said David Brown.

Brown is an immigration attorney and said because of these rulings, "Dreamers" are able to stay in the program. But, the decision will now go through the U.S. Court of Appeals, which doesn't have to make a decision until June.

"But if we get another decision in June that's supportive of the idea that the program continue, then it's going to continue," said Brown.

Brown wouldn't be surprised if the cases go all the way to the Supreme Court. The other way Brown said DACA could continue is action from Congress.

"Congress puts the time. To be honest and it's up to them and it's up to our congressional delegates to make that decision," said Rodriguez.

Although Rodriguez became an American citizen, she has many friends who are DACA recipients and is hoping for a permanent fix for people in the program.

"They definitely deserve a pathway towards citizenship. They're my peers, they're my friends, they're my classmates, my co-workers and they're hard working individuals," said Rodriguez.