Supreme Court declines to take on DACA, bringing relief to benef

Supreme Court declines to take on DACA, bringing relief to beneficiaries

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The supreme court will not hear arguments over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, (DACA). That means the federal court injunctions to keep DACA will stand and the government must keep the program running past the original March 5th deadline. It's far from a fix, courts in New York and San Francisco will hear arguments over these stays. 

Congress tried and failed to provide a solution as part of broader immigration reform, now the court's forcing the administration to keep the program around.

"With the announcement that was made this morning from the supreme court that they would not hear the case, they will not jump the lower courts," said Christopher Ponce, a Texas Tech senior. "That means March 5th is no longer be a threat for us." 

Ponce is protected under the DACA program and said this decision is a promising light for the program's 1.8 million recipients, but still hopes lawmakers will pull it together and come up with a real long term solution. 

"Just because this happened, they shouldn't stop working on it," said Ponce. "I know they won't and that's why I'm really optimistic and I know something will get done it just may take longer than that." 

Congress has shelved immigration reform after four proposals failed to pass. The president sticks to his guns on the deal urging democrats to appropriate money for border security, and immigration reform in exchange for DACA protection.



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