Immigration advocates say it's a 'small victory' for Supreme Court to decline DACA case

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it refused to Trump's challenge on Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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"It's a victory. At least a temporary victory for DACA recipients for now, and we're pleased," said Albert Mbanfu, Executive Director at the International Center of Kentucky.

The Supreme Court's refusal means DACA will not end on March 5 as Trump anticipated.

"We tried to get it moved quickly because we'd like to help DACA. I think everybody in this room wants to help with DACA," said President Trump.

The administration's request has to go through an appellate court first, and will be heard in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"It's really sad that every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit. We lose, we lose, we lose, and then we do fine in the Supreme Court," said President Trump.

Immigration advocates say this is a small victory.

"We all accept, we all agree in the United States that these kids should be given that opportunity to live their God-given potentials," said Mbanfu.

Small because DACA recipients are now given more time, but not a permanent solution.

"I would just urge Congress to do their job, and just come up with a permanent fix to this problem," said Mbanfu. "I just hope we can come up with a permanent solution for these dreamers."

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will likely give a go ahead for renewal of DACA.

"Which means if the Supreme Court later on decides to place a hold on it, at least those who have renewed their status, will still have a couple of years," explained Mbanfu.

When USCIS makes that announcement, DACA recipients are encouraged to go to the International Center to renew their applications.

The news is a bit of relief for the nearly 700 thousand DACA recipients.

"These kids deserve a chance in this country," said Mbanfu.

Congress has until the fall to come up with legislation that provides a permanent solution for DACA recipient and its future. In Trump's state of the union, he said his immigration framework offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million eligible illegal immigrants.

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