By Taylor Dolven Feb 26, 2018
The Supreme Court of the United States just offered a win to so-called “Dreamers” when the justices decided Monday not to hear an appeal from the Trump administration about ending the program that protects them.
The court’s decision keeps the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, in place for now and allows immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children to continue to apply for work permits and protections from deportation. There's an estimated 800,000 young Dreamers in the U.S., many of whom have been here for more than 10 years and know nothing or little of their parents' native country.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would be ending the Obama-era DACA program entirely by March 5, just over a week away.
The Supreme Court’s decision sends the case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which will consider whether a federal judge’s injunction to keep the program in place while Trump’s repeal of the program is tested in court is legal.
Multiple individuals protected by DACA, the University of California, and several states first sued the Trump administration over the repeal last September. They argued the move was arbitrary and motivated by discrimination. In January, Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court in Northern California ruled that the Trump administration must “maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis” while the case plays out in court and that the repeal was based on the “flawed legal premise” that the Obama administration did not have legal authority to implement the program in 2012.