Supreme Court Gives Trump Admin the Final Answer on DACA

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to the Trump administration Monday, when it refused to hear an emergency appeal of a lower court judge’s decision to block President Trump’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is the latest blow to what was one of Trump’s most decisive campaign promises.

DACA began during the Obama administration. The program was meant to allow children who were brought into the country illegally an opportunity to stay, even as adults.

The West Coast federal judge issued a judgement that will allow DACA recipients to renew their status. This complicates the Trump administration’s goal to end the program in early March.

The ruling came in a suit filed by the University of California and its president Janet Napolitano. They sought a nationwide injunction against the termination of DACA and the deportation of DACA recipients.

U.S. District Judge William ruled in their favor in early January and ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting DACA renewals.

The administration appealed to the Supreme Court. The Court rejected the appeal and insists that the Trump administration follow the regular channel of appeals, which may take years.

“The president has been using that deadline as leverage to force Congress to green-light his other immigration priorities,” The Daily Mail writes, “including a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, the end to a decades-old ‘diversity’ visa lottery and limits to family-based ‘chain migration’.”

Now the case will return to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a court considered by almost everyone to be the most liberal court in the nation.

A Ninth Circuit ruling, which most consider will favor the DACA recipients, could be appealed to The Supreme Court, but that would add even more time to the process. During the interval, the “Dreamers,” as DACA recipients are often called, will be allowed to continue with the status quo.

“Expediting the case would have required a minimum of four justices to concur, something that did not happen,” the Mail writes. “No justices published a dissent of the decision.”

“It is assumed that the court of appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case,” the court wrote in their decision.

The President hasn’t responded to the ruling yet, though the White House tweeted out this video of a speech Trump made on immigration at CPAC last week.