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DACA unlikely to go away anytime soon

In September 2017, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would cease to exist on March 5, 2018. The program provides protection for those living in Colorado and other states who were brought to the country when they were young. However, those who are part of the program may still be protected from deportation and allowed to work in the country for the foreseeable future.

This is because the government was merely refusing to take new applications for renewal after the deadline. Those who still had time remaining on their current two-year authorization would be covered by DACA's terms. Furthermore, those who had applied to renew their authorization before the deadline would have their applications processed. There are also legal battles related to DACA that still need to be resolved.

One of the cases is currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit while the other is currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Rulings by judges in those courts forbade the government from putting a permanent end to DACA absent action by Congress. Although the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 9th Circuit ruling, it refused to do so. The 9th Circuit may take several weeks to rule on the appeal.

If a person has a question about his or her immigration status, an attorney may be able to help answer it. Attorneys may also provide assistance if an individual is seeking to dispute an order to leave the country or is otherwise looking to obtain legal status. As a general rule, those who have an attorney may have a better chance of obtaining a favorable outcome when they have legal assistance in an immigration matter.

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