The United States Supreme Court appears ready to reject the Justice Department’s request to overturn a lower court order that required the continued administration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. On Friday, the Supreme Court showed no action on the petition, indicating it would be denied.
A federal trial court in San Francisco, California found that President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA was not in accordance with law, and was overturned as a result. As a response, the Justice Department appealed directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court sets its schedule for the year by January, and any addition later in the year is typically done as soon as possible. The fact that the petition has not showed up on the court’s calendar indicates it will not at all.
VERDICT: While Congress still debates the passage of an immigration plan, the courts are exercising their role to check the power of the President. It is unclear what the future holds for the status of DREAMers, but it is important to follow the status of the Justice Department request in the courts.