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US Supreme Court denies DACA review; Dreamers can continue renewals for now

The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to review the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The federal government asked the highest court in mid-January to weigh in on its decision before a review by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after a judge in California ordered DACA be maintained nationwide except in few cases.

“The Supreme Court has made the right decision by allowing this to play out in the lower courts,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum [1]. “However, the question at hand is about the particular process the Trump administration used to end DACA, not whether he may end the program or not.”

Noorani, like many North Carolinians paying attention [2] to DACA litigation urged lawmakers to pass a permanent solution.

“The fate of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers is still in question,” she said. “Therefore, the urgency of a permanent legislative solution remains.”

The National Immigration Law Center [3] tweeted after the Supreme Court decision that immigrant youth who previously was enrolled in DACA can continue, for now, to apply for renewals.

“There is immense urgency for Congress to do the right thing to #ProtectDreamers,” reads another tweet. “Nothing about today’s SCOTUS announcement diminished that. Dreamers are America’s children but scores of them are losing their #DACA protections every single day.”

The North Carolina Justice Center’s Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is keeping up with DACA news. Updates and more DACA information can be found on the Project’s website [7]. The Justice Center is the parent organization of NC Policy Watch.