By Yiming Zhao 2/27/2018

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The Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump Administration’s emergency appeal to overturn a lower court ruling that would force the government to comply with DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It was instituted to protect approximately 700,000 young adults who were brought to the United States by their parents when they were young children. But President Trump decided to abolish the program and planned to begin deporting the so-called Dreamers on March 5.  But a  federal judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security to continue to accept renewal applications on Monday. It was a big reprieve for the Dreamers and a big slap for the President.

The Trump Administration’s unusual move to bypass the Appeals Court and take the case directly to the Supreme Court was triggered by San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s ruling last month supporting the DACA program and a similar ruling by Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis this month.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said on Monday that “The DACA program — which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse — is clearly unlawful. The district judge’s decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority.”

President Trump ended the DACA program last September calling it an unconstitutional use of executive power by former President Obama. With the Supreme Court allowing the two federal judges’ rulings to stand, the deportation of the Dreamers has been delayed.  Legal experts say it will take at least a year for the appellate court to act and perhaps another year for the Supreme Court to take up the case. This removes the immediate fear of the 700,000 Dreamers that they won’t be deported next month and it gives their supporters time to work on new legislation to keep them in the United States.

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