On Friday, June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it has agreed to review President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during its next term, which starts October 2019.
The DACA program, established in 2012 by the Obama administration, protects qualified individuals who were brought to the United States as young children from deportation. In addition to protection from deportation, Dreamers also receive permission to work in the country.
For years, lawmakers have tried to resolve the status of these young immigrants, but have ultimately failed to reach a consensus. When President Trump attempted to end DACA in 2017, he was blocked by federal judges in California, New York, and Washington D.C.
The Supreme Court, now having accepted the Trump administration’s appeal, will face the issue of whether the President was lawful in cancelling DACA. The Court will hear arguments from both sides: the Trump administration and Plaintiffs, who argue that the President’s act violated the 5th Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act. Since the fate of DACA determines the futures nearly 800,000 Dreamers, debates are expected to last well into 2020. In the meantime, Dreamers are strongly encouraged to renew their DACA protections. Contact AIN today for legal assistance.