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Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 22, 2019
"For more than a year, hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came here illegally as children have ricocheted between hope and despair as their fates were debated in Washington and determined by federal courts across the nation.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to buy them at least several more months of relief as justices took no action on President Donald Trump’s attempt to shutter a program blocking them from deportation.
In declining to take up the case this far along in their term, the court seemed to signal it would not do so until at least the fall — leaving in place the protections of about 700,000 so-called dreamers, including some 124,000 in Texas. The justices’ next conference to consider cases is scheduled for Feb. 15, but even were they to agree to hear it, the case would likely not be argued until the following term starts in October.
“I think it is very unlikely to be considered this term, which means DACA lives another 10 months,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University Law School. The acronym stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program unveiled by President Barack Obama in 2012 that Trump ended in 2017.
By keeping DACA on life support, the justices delivered a blow to Trump’s weekend offer to end the month-long government shutdown, even as 800,000 furloughed workers prepared to miss their second paycheck Friday."