The US Supreme Court has declined a request from the Trump administration to hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
VOSA Correspondent Zahid Rana reported that a third U.S. federal judge has now ruled that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) must stay, for now. However, the judge also gave a 90-day period to Trump Administration to provide solid justifications to end this program.
Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with previous court rulings that the Donald Trump administration’s fight to end DACA was “arbitrary and capricious,” saying that the government’s legal reasoning to terminate the program was “virtually unexplained.”
Bates went beyond the previous two rulings that have taken place over the past several months mandating that the government must not only process renewal applications from the nearly 700,000 existing DACA recipients but “must accept and process new … DACA applications.”
DACA, implemented by former president Barack Obama in 2012, allows those who arrived in the United States as minors before 2007 to stay in the country to work, but doesn’t provide a path to citizenship. Participants must renew their status every two years.
The White House had made the unusual step to proceed directly to the high court, instead of allowing the legal process to continue through the lower courts. In a brief order, the Supreme Court justices said the Trump administration’s request for review was “denied without prejudice.”
DACA, the program that allows children brought illegally into the United States as children to stay in the country while working or studying, is set to expire on March 5 after President Donald Trump ordered its cancellation in September. DACA currently provides protection from deportation and work permits for about 800,000 young people in the US.
Monday’s decision implies that the Supreme Court will stay out of the legal battle involving DACA for now, meaning the case will continue through the usual channels. At the moment, the case is still being considered by the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court justices said they expect the lower court to “proceed expeditiously to decide this case.”
During a meeting with visiting governors at the White House on Monday, Trump accepted the court’s announcement and explained why his administration had submitted the appeal. “You know, we tried to get it moved quickly because we’d like to help DACA. I think everybody in this room wants to help with DACA,” he said.