The U.S. Supreme Court has officially rejected Trump’s appeal to remove controversial Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections. Instead, it demanded the administration maintain protections for at least the short-term future until a more final decision can be made. Trump has repeatedly stated that DACA itself is unlawful, giving illegal aliens far too much leeway to remain in the country.
• President Trump’s goal was to have the Supreme Court intervene in the decision to roll back DACA. Currently, the decision is deadlocked in the lower courts due to extended debate on ethics and the legality of removing or keeping DACA.
• The Supreme Court decision forces the President to work the case through the lower court system first before the Supreme Court gets involved.
• The Supreme Court’s rejection is a massive setback for the POTUS, who campaigned on a tougher stance against illegal immigrants. Being forced to work through each of the lower courts could extend the decision well beyond his current term and into the second, should he be re-elected.
• The DACA program enshrines the living and working rights of nearly 700,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Generally, experts viewed these children as “not at fault” as they had no control over being brought into the country in the first place.
• Often called “Dreamers,” many of these children have lived in the United States all of their lives. Some are now productive members of society, while others are in elementary, middle, or high school. Still others are wards of the state who still lack American citizenship.
• The U.S. Supreme Court did say that the case was “denied without prejudice,” meaning the decision wasn’t based on the Court’s opinion but on technical factors. It also indicated that it expected the lower courts to “proceed expeditiously to decide this case”.