On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that halted Trump’s move to roll back the Obama-era DACA program.
The Trump administration’s March 5th deadline has been wiped out; SCOTUS declined to grant expedited review of the ruling.
The justices refused to hear the administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s Jan. 9 nationwide injunction that halted Trump’s move to rescind a program that benefits immigrants known as “Dreamers” implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
The protections were due to start phasing out in March under the Republican president’s action, announced in September.
Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, roughly 700,000 young adult, mostly Hispanics, are protected from deportation and given work permits for two-year periods, after which they must re-apply. Congress so far has failed to pass legislation to address the fate of the “Dreamers,” including a potential path to citizenship.
San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled last month that the government must continue to process renewals of existing DACA applications while litigation over the legality of Trump’s action is resolved, prompting the administration’s unusual move to bypass a federal appeals court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.
“The DACA program — which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse — is clearly unlawful. The district judge’s decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.
“We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail,” Shah added.
The administration argued Obama exceeded his powers under the Constitution when he bypassed Congress and created DACA.
On January 9th, activist judge William Alsup granted a pretrial injunction barring the Trump administration from rescinding Obama’s DACA program.
There are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients currently in the United States. Trump ran his presidential campaign as an immigration hardliner promising to deport DACA recipients and other illegal aliens leeching off the system.
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Alsup was appointed by former president Bill Clinton to a seat on the US District Court of Northern California in 1999.