Immigration advocates and young people descended on the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to advocate for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA.

The program, created by the Obama Administration in 2012, was meant to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. President Donald Trump has ordered an end to the program, arguing that it was created illegally, which is what the justices are considering.

The decision will have an impact on an estimated 700,000 people who’ve been nicknamed "Dreamers." Hyun Jung Kim is one of them. The Anchorage resident said she came to the states as a young teen in 2003 from South Korea. Anchorage is the only real home she’s ever known.

“This is where I grew up, so I don’t know where else to go,” she said during a recent interview about why she would like the program to continue.

Kim said she first became a DACA recipient in 2015, which she described as life-changing.

“I was able to able to look for a job, like a real job, not like babysitting part time under-the-table kind of job. It was most likely I can seek for a career and I didn’t have to worry about it.”

But Kim is worried now. She works in the legal field and is concerned about losing her job as well as the place she calls home. She said in a perfect world, she would like to become to U.S. citizen, something that the current program does not provide a path for.

Dan Rodgers, an attorney with the Alaska Immigration Justice Project, said the agency has 35-40 clients who are in a similar situation as Kim.

Rodgers said there could be more people who qualify for DACA across Alaska. Rodgers said he wants Congress to create a more permanent solution that could allow program recipients to stay and become U.S. citizens.

The House has passed a bill to protect Dreamers and Sen. Lisa Murkowski has co-sponsored legislation in the Senate. Murkowski posted on her Facebook page that she stands with young immigrants in Alaska and across the country.

“I, for one, stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to provide a legal, certain path forward for the Dreamers," she wrote.

The Supreme Court is expected to make its ruling next year, possibly in the summer. Kim said it’s difficult to wait, but she’s hoping for the best.

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