The Supreme Court has agreed to look into whether the Trump administration can go on with its plan to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides protections to young undocumented immigrants.
The justices said Friday that they would hear oral arguments in October when the appeal’s next term begins. The ruling will most likely come in 2020, which puts the Supreme Court at the center of one of the most politically charged issues.
Several lower courts around the country have rejected efforts by the administration to eliminate DACA, an Obama signature program, created under executive order. It gives “Dreamers” – illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children – the chance to study and work in the country, while temporarily protecting them from deportation.
The Trump administration’s attempt in 2017 to phase out the Obama-era program was unsuccessful due to the federal courts’ ruling that the phase-out cannot be retroactive and the program had to be restarted.
Fox News informs that President Donald Trump fought back, arguing he had broad authority over immigration enforcement policy.
Supporters of the program, on the other hand, maintain that the administration’s planned termination of the program is in violation of federal law requiring adequate notice-and-comment periods before certain federal rules are changed.
The Supreme Court’s decision to take up the cases – DHS v. Regents of the University of California (18-587); Trump v. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (18-588); and McAlleenan v. Vidal (18-589) – is considered unusual considering they had not been fully heard at the lower court level.