11/26/2012 01:37:37 PM EST
ICE vs. USCIS: DACA Applicants Ordered Deported
"Rodrigo Murcia trudged out of Houston immigration court on an October afternoon, stunned by the immigration judge's decision ordering him to leave the country by Dec. 3. Murcia, 25, had gone into court with high hopes of being spared deportation to El Salvador, a country he hadn't seen since he was 7 years old. His attorney had told him he was a slam-dunk for the Obama administration's new deferred action program, which offered a temporary reprieve from deportation to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and stayed in school and out of trouble. But the judge wasn't swayed by the copy of the receipt of his deferred action application or his attorney's pleas on his behalf. Murcia slid into the driver's seat and pulled onto the highway toward his home in northwest Houston, the gravity of his situation sinking in along with crippling confusion. "What just happened?" he asked himself." - Susan Carroll, Houston Chronicle, Nov. 26, 2012.