Monday, June 24, 2019

Trump bypasses 9th Circuit. Determined to End DACA.

The Justice Department on Tuesday said it will petition the Supreme Court to overturn a judge’s ruling and allow the Trump administration to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March.

“We are now taking the rare step of requesting direct review on the merits of this injunction by the Supreme Court so that this issue may be resolved quickly and fairly for all the parties involved,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

This unusual action would allow the Trump administration to bypass the 9th Circuit altogether and bring an end to the Obama-era program which benefited thousands of young undocumented immigrants, who received relief from deportation and a temporary work permit.

Last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued a temporary injunction halting the administration’s plans to end the program. He ordered the government to resume renewing DACA and work authorizations for the 690,000 immigrants, also known as “dreamers”, who held a status when Sessions announced the end of the program on Sept. 5.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), who filed one of the federal lawsuits that led to the temporary injunction, said Tuesday he was confident that the higher courts will uphold the judge’s order.

“The unlawful action by the Trump Administration to terminate DACA impacts the lives and livelihood of hundreds of thousands [of] Dreamers, their colleagues, our universities, our businesses and our economy,” Becerra said in a statement.

Washington Post