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Supreme Court Issues Decision on Trump’s Push for DACA

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Trump’s Push for DACA

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Trump�s
Push for DACA The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to
review a lower court ruling requiring the federal government to continue administering
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The decision is a blow to the Trump administration,
which hopes to solidify its prerogative to revoke DACA as soon as possible. �It is assumed that the Court of Appeals
will proceed expeditiously to decide this case,� the Court�s Monday morning orders
read, a strong sign the justices will take the case at some point in the fut Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California barred the administration from terminating DACA in
January. Alsup concluded its rescission was based on
a flawed legal premise, rendering the decision �arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion,
(and) otherwise not in accordance with law.� In an extraordinary procedural move, the government
appealed directly to the Supreme Court. Under normal procedure, the government would
challenge Alsup�s order at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a principle antagonist
to Trump�s ambitions throughout his presidency. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the government�s
Supreme Court lawyer, argued the case required the tribunal�s urgent attention, as Alsup�s
decision �requires the government to sanction indefinitely an ongoing violation of federal
law being committed by nearly 700,000 aliens.� The justices rarely grant such requests. The petition was also a long shot as a matter
of timing. At this juncture of the year, scheduling constraints
weigh heavily on the docket. The Court adjourns in late June, and the agenda
for a given term is generally set by January. As such, it would be quite unusual for the
justices to schedule another case for the current term at this late moment. The Court signaled throughout the last week
that it would not grant the government�s request. The Court had two scheduled opportunities
to announce a decision respecting the petition, but remained silent each time, a strong sign
it would reject the appeal. All told, Monday�s decision was not a surprising
development. The decision does not exhaust the Trump administration�s
options. Instead, it will revert to normal appellate
procedure and ask the 9th Circuit to overturn Alsup�s ruling. If the 9th Circuit declines to do so, the
government may then petition the Supreme Court. The decision casts further uncertainty upon
the 680,000 DACA recipients currently inside U.S. borders. The prospect of a legislative solution to
their predicament is currently rather thin, making the judiciary the most likely venue
for a decision as to their future.

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