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SCOTUS Decision Does Little to End DACA Limbo

Monday, February 26, 2018

Washington, D.C.– The following is a statement from Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, on today’s decision by the Supreme Court to decline a request for an expedited hearing on the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the DACA program:

“Many are calling this a win for DACA recipients and DREAMers. That may be true in the short term, since the government must now continue to process DACA renewal requests as the legal battle works its way through various courts, but today’s action does nothing to clarify the long-term futures for DACA recipients. The picture is as hazy as ever.

“There is no guarantee that a court-ordered end to the DACA program, should it come to that, will be less abrupt or harmful than the six-month wind-down the Trump administration originally pursued. In fact, if DACA recipients do not prevail in court, they likely face even more difficult decisions ahead.

“A permanent solution must come from Congress. Legislators should continue to work toward a bipartisan solution that can become law as soon as possible.”

Theresa Cardinal Brown is available for interviews.

KEYWORDS: DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA), PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SUPREME COURT, THERESA BROWN