Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Sept. 5 that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, giving Congress six months to broker an alternative or begin the deportation of the young undocumented immigrants currently protected by the program.
Democrats have promised a political battle and even threatened a government shutdown if the upcoming spending bill does not include a provision that provides protections for the “dreamers” brought to the U.S. as children. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are around 690,000 people enrolled in the DACA program.
In the Capitol, where Congress debates their future, a handful of DACA recipients work as interns. DACA recipients cannot formally be employed in congressional offices. They can, however, work on Capitol Hill through third-party internship programs.
For these congressional interns, the debate occurring in the chambers and halls of Congress is especially personal. They are in a limbo while Republicans and Democrats battle over the legislation that prevents them from having to leave the country they call home. The video above tells some of their stories.