Last year, President Trump announced that the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals law would be ended on March 5, 2018. At that time, no one would be able to renew their status under the program if they had not already done so. DACA, as the law is referred to, currently covers about 700,000 people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents who were illegal immigrants.
Congress has been debating DACA for many months since the president’s announcement. The Democratic Party even went so far as to allow a government shutdown over DACA. Congress has so far not been able to come to an agreement regarding DACA or immigration reform.
Since the Congress has not been able to come to a resolution regarding DACA, the courts have become involved. Federal Judge William Alsup from the Northern District of California ruled against the Trump administration by stating that renewals must continue to be granted under DACA even past the March 5 deadline.
Usually, any appeals of a district court judge’s ruling would have to be heard by a federal court of appeals. However, the Trump administration wanted to bypass this and take the appeal directly to the Supreme Court.
On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump administration’s appeal. The Supreme Court ruled that the case must work its way up through regular channels. This means that any appeal will now be heard by the Ninth District Court of Appeals.
For the most part, the Ninth District has not ruled favorably for positions advocated by the Trump administration. The president has been very critical of the court and its decisions.
Legal experts believe that it will take approximately one year for the case to reach the Supreme Court again. Until the ruling is overturned, DACA and its provisions will remain in place.