/ Modified feb 19, 2018 10:05 a.m.

Lawyer: Courts Make DACA Deadline More 'Soft and Fuzzy'

The Supreme Court could change the DACA debate, but for now the program continues.

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The U.S. Supreme Court met behind closed doors Friday to decide whether to hear an appeal of a lower court decision to halt the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In January, a federal judge said the Trump administration did not follow the proper procedure to end DACA. The judge then stayed, or halted, the ending of the program.

A few weeks later, a federal judge in New York did the same.

In the meantime, Congress and the White House continued to talk about the March 5 deadline to fix the program President Trump originally outlined.

Legal scholars say that date is now a bit more "soft and fuzzy."

"The courts ordered that the immigration authorities are to continue processing renewal applications," said Lynn Marcus, co-director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Arizona's Roger's College of Law.

Congress will continue to work on immigration reform despite the court actions.

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