The Supreme Court will decide whether President Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. The justices' order Friday sets up high-stakes legal arguments in late fall or early winter, with a decision likely by June 2020 as Trump seeks re-election, reports the AP. Trump ordered an end to the program—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA—in 2017, resulting in protests and a failed congressional effort to salvage it. Federal courts in California, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC, have blocked Trump from ending it immediately. A federal judge in Texas declared the program to be illegal, but refused to order it halted.
DACA protects about 700,000 people, known as dreamers, who were brought to the US illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. The protections seem certain to remain in effect at least until the high court issues its decision. The Trump administration had asked the court to take up and decide the appeals by the end of June 2019. The justices declined to do so and held on to the appeals for nearly five months with no action and no explanation. The court did nothing Friday to clear up the reasons for the long delay, although immigration experts have speculated that the court could have been waiting for other appellate rulings, legislation in Congress that would have put the program on a surer footing or additional administration action.
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