Sessions Takes 'Rare Step' With Court Request on DACA

Attorney general wants the Supreme Court to review judge's decision
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2018 3:09 PM CST
In this Dec. 15 photo, President Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – The Trump administration is apparently so sure that a federal court it deems to be liberal will rule against it on DACA that it's taking the unusual step of simultaneously appealing to the Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department will ask the high court to overturn a judge's ruling that stands in the way of the White House's dismantling of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, reports the Washington Post. The Justice Department is also appealing the case in more typical fashion, through the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. But as USA Today notes, the Trump White House has had better luck with such decisions in the Supreme Court than in lower courts, particularly the Ninth Circuit.

“It defies both law and common sense for DACA ... to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco,” said Sessions. “We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved.” The judge's ruling last week ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting renewal applications from "Dreamers," or immigrants who were brought to the US as children. The legal fight is unfolding as lawmakers continue to work on a legislative solution for the DACA program, which is currently scheduled to be phased out in March on Trump's orders. (Read more DACA stories.)

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