The United States Supreme Court declined Monday to heed the Trump administration’s request to review lower court decisions that kept the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. President Trump moved to end the program, which protects from deportation the undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers who were brought here as children, in September. But federal district courts in New York and California issued nationwide injunctions to block Trump’s move, which would have allowed the program to expire on March 5.
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The district courts sided against the Trump administration on the basis that his decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” and thus violated the Administration Procedure Act. The president’s solicitor general told the courts the program was abandoned because it could not be defended in court and some states, like Texas, had moved to challenge it. Opponents pointed to the government’s past findings that the program was legal. Trump’s move essentially set up an arbitrary deadline for immigration talks in Congress, which have repeatedly failed in the months since. The Supreme Court’s decision has blown up that deadline:
Now, the Department of Homeland Security will have to continue fielding renewal applications from current DACA status holders, though it will not have to accept any new applicants. That state of affairs may hold until the next Supreme Court session.
Via The Washington Post