Supreme Court Takes No Action on DACA
“Dreamers” program remains in place
The Supreme Court has decided not to hear the Department of Justice’s appeals that would end protections for so-called “Dreamers” during this term of hearings.
The Justice Department has filed appeals concerning President Trump’s September 2017 move, blocked by lower courts, to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012 by President Barack Obama.
DACA protects about 700,000 children of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors, known as “Dreamers.”
The lower courts have ruled against the Trump Administration, and those rulings remain in place unless and until the Supreme Court takes action. After next Tuesday, the nation’s highest court will not be in session for almost a month, and the justices are not scheduled to meet again privately to discuss action on pending appeals until February 15.
The Court probably won’t take the case until October, and maybe not rule before 2020, saying only it hasn’t officially decided not to take up the DACA case, only that it would not do so during the current term that ends in June.
- For President Trump and the loss of the DACA leverage that he had in negotiating a deal for border security and the reopening of the government.
For the Supreme Court justices who could still decide to take up the case at the February meeting, or who may wait and take up the case next term.