Court Rules Against Trump’s DACA Repeal
In another setback to the administration’s anti-immigrant policies, a U.S. appeals court in California on Thursday ruled that Donald Trump’s attempt to rescind the DACA program was likely "arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law." The decision means that the Trump administration must continue the program created by former President Barack Obama that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the country as children. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the administration’s claim that the decision to end DACA was not reviewable by the courts. The DOJ had asked the Supreme Court last week to skip the 9th Circuit and hear the case this term, though the administration’s prior attempt to do so had been denied. Now that the lower court has ruled, SCOTUS could grant the administration’s request to hear the case this term -- meaning that their ruling would come before the end of June. The 5-4 conservative majority could spell the end of the program if SCOTUS agrees with DOJ that it is within the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to end the policy. DACA offers protections to roughly 700,000 young adults, mostly Hispanics. More here.