Across the country, centrist Republicans are under pressure to buck their party's hard-line stance on deportations and give "Dreamers" a path to citizenship.
"The prospects for immigration legislation, big or small, are very, very bleak," concedes the director of one immigrants' rights group in the wake of the Florida school massacre.
The justices decline to intervene in the controversy over protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. For now, the program continues.
He is one of thousands of U.S. residents whose ability to continue living in the communities that long ago became their homes is threatened by the elimination of DACA.
Congress remains gridlocked on the issue, despite President Trump’s demand for substantial changes by March 5.
“It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years,” the president tells reporters.
Another government shutdown looms, and while racism will remain the unspoken subtext to the "Dreamer" issue, the fight is likely to be longer and more vicious.
Jorge Garcia is too old to qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His deportation is a heart-wrenching example of the Trump administration's immigration policies in action.