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On January 22, 2019, the Supreme Court did not issue a statement regarding if they would hear a case pertaining to DACA that was brought to them by the Trump Administration. Without releasing an answer, it is unlikely that during the present term they will listen to the case.
Without giving a ruling, the protections granted by the Obama administration to the Dreamers who are 700,000 undocumented immigrants that came to the United States as children, are left in place.
There is no guarantee that the Supreme Court would hear the case in the future. However, if they do, it will not be argued until the new term which starts in October. Consequently, a decision about DACA would not come until 2020 at the earliest. This continues to leave the fate of the DACA program in limbo.
The Supreme Court’s silence and not hearing the DACA case is considered a loss for the Trump administration. On Jan. 19, Trump tried to use protection for DACA individuals in exchange for funding the border wall. Democrats rejected the offer, and DACA individuals have stated they have felt as ‘hostages’ by Trump to obtain funding for the border wall.
Previously, lower courts ruled that Trump does not have the right to repeal DACA, and the administration did not provide the courts with a reasonable rationale why it should be ended.
Immigration rights groups and many states petitioned the Supreme Court Justices urging them to deny the request from the Trump administration and continue the lower court rulings.
In 2017, Trump originally wanted to end the program and told Congress they had six months to work out a solution. This led to a brief government shutdown and did not provide a solution or law to help the Dreamers.
Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
The Washington Post: DACA program that protects young undocumented immigrants not likely to get Supreme Court review this term
CNN: Supreme Court again takes no action on DACA, leaving policy in effect for now
The Hill: Supreme Court takes no action on DACA
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