President Trump Wants Supreme Court to Hear DACA Pronto
The issues surrounding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) remains pending in the federal courts, but the Justice Department is asking for the Supreme Court to take up the case. The reason is simple enough; the Supreme Court’s calendar.
If DACA isn’t decided this year, the possibility exists that it cannot make the Supreme Court’s docket next year for oral arguments, pushing DACA until yet another year before it ends up in the high court.
The case has already been heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but has not been ruled upon since the average turn-around time is twenty-three months. The Justice Department tried once before to get the Supreme Court to hear the case, but that was declined since rarely will the Supreme Court hear a case that has yet to be decided in a lower court and is pending.
DACA allows children of illegal immigrants to remain in the United States if they arrived before the age of 16, obtain a high school degree or its equivalent, or join the military. Obama’s DACA has resulted in more than 700,000 “Dreamers” avoiding deportation.
Currently, DACA renewal applications are being accepted, but not new applications.
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