The Supreme Court refused the Trump administration’s request for an emergency review of lower court rulings on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on Monday, February 26. This means that the March 5th deadline for the DACA program is effectively obsolete. While no new applications for DACA will be accepted, current and former recipients are eligible to apply for two-year renewals.
When President Trump announced the end of the DACA program in September, many states pursued court challenges to the new policy. Federal district courts in California and New York issues injunctions against the March 5th expiration of the program and reinstated the renewal application process. The Trump administration took the unusual step of appealing directly to the Supreme Court to reverse those injunctions, which has now denied that request.
The future of DACA remains unknown. Congress was recently unable to come to a solution to address the situation, with a bipartisan immigration bill failing to achieve the 60 votes necessary. For now, it’s strongly recommended that any DACA recipients eligible for a two-year renewal to proceed with a renewal application. The Trump administration will likely appeal the lower courts’ rulings, continuing its attempt to end the DACA program.
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