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What the future may hold for DACA

The Trump administration had planned to let the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program come to end on March 5 in Texas and around the country. However, the program is still in effect even as Congress has not yet taken steps to revive it. There are roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who are protected from deportation by DACA. It is still in existence today because of a court ruling made on Jan. 10.

On Feb. 13, another court ruling imposed a nationwide injunction that kept DACA alive until legal issues could be resolved. On Feb. 26, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the matter without first going through lower courts. However, the Supreme Court refused to do so. This means that cases will be heard in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits.

It is still possible for Congress to take action as the courts mull legal issues related to DACA. However, they now have until these cases finish going through the legal process before they have to make a decision. President Trump has voiced support for getting a DACA deal done, but only in exchange for increased border security. Specifically, he would like funds to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Anyone who is in the country without proper documentation may be subject to removal proceedings. This may be true even if an individual had the right to be in the country at some point in the past. An immigration law attorney may be able to help those who are uncertain about their immigration status. People who have legal counsel may have better odds of remaining in the country or otherwise obtaining a favorable ruling in their cases.

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