Misha joined ITEP in 2016 through the State Policy Fellowship Program, a project of the State Priorities Partnership (SPP). Prior to joining ITEP, she earned a Masters in Public Policy at The George Washington University. While earning her graduate degree Misha was an intern with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Family Income Support team where she focused on TANF policies. She also interned with the Women’s Health Division at the Kaiser Family Foundation through the Peterson Foundation Fiscal Policy Internship. Before finding her way to the policy world, Misha worked in hospital administration and at a New Jersey welfare-to-work program as an Americorps VISTA volunteer. She earned her undergraduate degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Last week, a federal court judge in California ruled that the Trump administration cannot end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) while the case works its way through the courts. Although this is reassuring news for the roughly 685,000 young people currently enrolled or seeking renewals for their DACA status it does not extend protections to new applicants, and it does not lessen the need for congressional action to protect Dreamers.
As 2017 draws to close, Congress has yet to take legislative action to protect Dreamers. The young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and are largely working or in school, were protected by President Obama’s 2012 executive action, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). But in September, President Trump announced that he would end DACA in March 2018. Instead of honoring the work authorizations and protection from deportation that currently shields more than 685,000 young people, President Trump punted their lives and livelihood to a woefully divided Congress which is expected to take up legislation to address the issue this month.