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Supreme Court punts on DACA ruling

Protections offered as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program were scheduled to be phased out starting in March. This could have implications for 700,000 young adults living in Colorado and elsewhere who are covered by DACA. However, on Feb. 26, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of an injunction issued on Jan. 9 by a federal judge in San Francisco.

The DACA program allows individuals known as "Dreamers" to remain in the country and obtain work permits that are valid for two years. As part of the district judge's ruling, the government must continue to process renewals of permits that are scheduled to expire. In his ruling, the judge found that parties challenging the end of DACA were likely to succeed in their assertion that the program was ended arbitrarily. While the Supreme Court refused to hear the case for now, it said that the denial was without prejudice.

This means that the court has not made up its mind on the legal issue the case presents. Instead, it is choosing to let the case play out in the lower court, and the court also said that it expects the matter to be handled in a timely manner.

Individuals who wish to reside in the United States may have many options to do so legally. In addition to participating in the DACA program, it may be possible for current citizens to sponsor a family member. Employers might also seek visas for skilled workers. Talking with an immigration attorney may help an individual learn more about becoming a permanent resident or a citizen. This may allow a person to work in the country and decrease the odds of deportation.

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