U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump over 'Dreamers' immigrants

From Reuters - February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to President Donald Trump, requiring his administration to maintain protections he has sought to end for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children.

The justices refused to hear the administrations appeal of a federal judges Jan. 9 injunction that halted Trumps move to rescind a program that benefits immigrants known as Dreamers implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. Under the Republican presidents action, the protections were due to start phasing out beginning in March.

In a brief order, the justices did not explain their reasoning, but said the appeal was denied without prejudice, indicating they will maintain an open mind on the underlying legal issue still being considered by a lower court, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The high court also said it expects the lower court to proceed expeditiously to decide this case.

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.

The DACA program -- which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse -- is clearly unlawful. The district judges 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 Trump administration had challenged a nationwide injunction by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who ruled last month that DACA must remain in place while the litigation is resolved.

In an unusual move, the administration appealed directly to the Supreme Court instead of going first to a federal appeals court.

Alsup ruled that the challengers, including the states of California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota and Obamas former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano, were likely to succeed in arguing that the administrations decision to end DACA was arbitrary.


California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, called the administrations bid to bypass the 9th Circuit, which has ruled again Trump on other matters, unusual and unnecessary.


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