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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear DACA case

On Feb. 26, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a federal judge's decision requiring the government to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The decision, which could affect many Texans, is considered a setback for the Trump administration.

DACA lets the children of illegal immigrants remain in the country if certain conditions are met, and there are nearly 700,000 young people enrolled in the program. In January, a San Francisco federal court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security had to keep accepting renewal applications from current DACA enrollees. The case was filed by the University of California in response to the Trump administration's threat to shut down the program by March 5. The judge in the case said that the Justice Department's argument that DACA's implementation lacked legal authority was incorrect. In response, the DOJ bypassed the federal appeals court and asked the Supreme Court to accept the case.

The Supreme Court's rejection of the case means that it will now go through the normal appeals process and be heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. It also gives Congress more time to come up with a citizenship alternative for DACA enrollees that pleases both Republicans and Democrats.

U.S. immigration law is extremely complex and subject to change. Immigrants seeking temporary or permanent visas may benefit by retaining the services of an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer could help the client prepare their visa application and represent them during immigration hearings. If an immigrant is facing removal from the country, an attorney could carefully review the case and work to get them legal residency.

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