After SCOTUS Takes No Action On DACA, Activist Urges People To Renew

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:51pm
Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 6:52pm
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Karina Ruiz, executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition.

With signs pointing toward the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program surviving at least one more year, local activists are telling “Dreamers” to renew their status if it expires in the next six months.

Courts have blocked President Donald Trump from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shields some people from deportation and lets them work legally.

The U.S. Supreme Court recently took no action on the Trump administration’s request that the high-Court look at whether it can legally end DACA. 

DACA recipients should renew their permit if it expires within six months, said Karina Ruiz executive director of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition, and a DACA recipient.

Doing so will help show that “Dreamers” have jobs and take out home loans, and are “really actively participating in the economy," Ruiz said.

"And that is something that’s positive for us in the future if the court decides to take the case.”   

Immigration officials aim to process DACA renewals in about four months. But Ruiz said there has been a delay recently.  

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