The fate of nearly a million young people is at stake in one of the most important cases before the justices this term.
Immigration advocates hold a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 23, 2018.Andrew Harnik / AP file
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up one of the most important cases of the term — the fate of DACA, the federal program that has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers, to avoid deportation and remain in the country.
The court must decide whether the Trump administration improperly tried to shut the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program down by simply declaring it to be illegal while offering no detailed explanation or analyzing the effect on the immigrant population. No such analysis was necessary, the Department of Justice insists.
The DACA initiative was launched in 2012 and allows children of illegal immigrants to remain here if they were under 16 when their parents brought them to the United States and if they arrived by 2007.
Nov. 11, 2019, 6:03 AM EST / Updated Nov. 11, 2019, 9:38 AM EST
By Pete Williams