DACA recipients should renew early, lock in protections, say advocates

By Suzanne Gamboa

AUSTIN, Texas — Sheridan Aguirre has been bracing for an end in August to his protection from deportation and permission to work in the U.S.

Instead, the U.S. Supreme Court gave him a little time to breathe.

“I thought for me this was going to be my last go around for the program. Thankfully, we have the extra cushion,” said Aguirre, Austin, Texas field communications manager for United We Dream, an advocacy group for young immigrants without permanent legal status.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took no action on the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the program known as DACA. Lower courts have kept the program alive and the administration has been trying to get those struck down so it could end DACA.

But the high court essentially kicked the issue down the road to the Supreme Court’s next session. Because that doesn’t begin until October, DACA renewals can continue at least another 10 months, barring any action from the administration or Congress.

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