SCOTUS hears cases challenging the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA

On November 12, the Supreme Court considered challenges to the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a President Obama-era initiative that offers legal protections, including work authorization and protection from deportation, to some immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. 

The Trump administration previously announced the end of the program in September 2017.  Since then, several lower federal courts have issued rulings enjoining the termination of the program.  The Supreme Court will consider whether the administration’s termination of the DACA program was arbitrary and capricious and therefore unlawful.

DACA currently protects over 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.  The program has allowed these individuals to work, graduate from college, start businesses, and contribute to the U.S. economy.  Although a more permanent solution, such as the American Dream and Promise Act that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this summer, is necessary, DACA allows these individuals to remain and build a future in the only home many of them have ever known, and it would be devasting for immigrant youth were the Court to allow the termination of the program.

Details: “DACA Recipients Look to Supreme Court For Hope,” https://www.npr.org/2019/11/12/776556916/daca-recipients-look-to-supreme-court-for-hope