The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the Trump’s administration’s challenge of a federal judge’s decision requiring the government to continue its Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — a decision that, at least temporarily, protects from deportation as many as 700,000 immigrants brought into the United States illegally by their parents.
“It is assumed the court of appeals will act expeditiously to decide this case,” the court wrote in its decision Monday.
Trump has called for an end to the Obama-era program and had given Congress six months to make legislative changes to fix it.
That deadline of March 5 is now meaningless because the court said the government must continue to accept the applications indefinitely.
“The DACA program — which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse — is clearly unlawful,” The White House said in a statement following Monday’s decision. “The district judge’s decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority. The fact that this occurs at a time when elected representatives in Congress are actively debating this policy only underscores that the district judge has unwisely intervened in the legislative process.”
DACA participants and advocates said they will remain vigilant.
“It is our moral duty to oppose any form of deal that makes a target out of a majority of our family members and is essentially an attack on communities of color.” said Karla Rojas, a 23-year-old DACA participant.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, one of the 17 attorneys general who challenged Trump’s decision to end DACA, called the ruling a “win” but said a permanent solution is still needed.