Supreme Court declines Trump administration’s request to hear DACA case

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a federal judge’s previous order on continuing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — a move which potentially stymies the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program.

Since its inception, under the Obama-era program, thousands of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children have been granted protection from deportation. The program has also become a key flashpoint amid heated debate over immigration reform.

In its previous petition to the high court, the Department of Justice had said “immediate review is warranted” adding “The district court has entered a nationwide injunction that requires DHS to keep in place a policy of non-enforcement that no one contends is required by federal law and that DHS has determined is, in fact, unlawful and should be discontinued.”

Legal experts and the Department of Justice said the Supreme Court’s actions were expected as the appeals courts had not yet weighed in on the matter. Hearing the case would have meant bypassing the appellate court, something the Supreme Court very rarely does, said Kate Shaw, an ABC News contributor who also teaches at Cardozo Law School.

In denying the petition, the court wrote: “It is assumed that the Court of Appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case.”

“After that happens, the court can consider the case in the ordinary course. I think there’s still a very good chance that the court will take the case after the Ninth Circuit has acted (if there’s been no movement on DACA in the political branches by then,” Shaw said.

The Department of Justice said it is watching closely.

“While we were hopeful for a different outcome, the Supreme Court very rarely grants certiorari before judgment, though in our view it was warranted for the extraordinary injunction requiring the Department of Homeland Security to maintain DACA,” said Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley. “We will continue to defend DHS’ lawful authority to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.”

In the meantime, injunctions allowing portions of the program — including applications for protected status renewals — to remain in place as the case wends through the courts.

Though so-called “Dreamers” whose status was valid through March 5 are allowed to re-apply for extensions, some have lost their status.

The administration has said the onus is on Congress to create a more permanent solution for DACA.

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