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DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Take Action On DACA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition in the Supreme Court in hopes to end DACA. The program referred to as, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was brought forth by President Barack Obama. The DACA program is an American immigration policy allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children providing them with temporary protection from deportation, granting them authorization to work, and apply for a social security number. During President Obama’s terms 700,000 “Dreamers” have applied for the DACA program and essentially have avoided deportation. At first the Trump administration and DOJ brought forth the case to end DACA to a federal judge in California who ultimately barred their case. They then appealed the federal judge’s ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have heard their case and is yet to make a final ruling. With the Trump administration running out of time for their agenda they have now resorted to filing a petition with the Supreme Court to hear their case. Essentially the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to rule ahead of the lower courts ruling. The Supreme Court has yet to announce whether or not they will be taking the case. Currently, DACA is accepting renewals but not new applicants. If you are a DACA recipient it is crucial that you make sure you renew your DACA application if need be. If you have any further questions concerning your immigration status feel free to consult with an immigration attorney. 

Mercedes Riggs