On Jan. 9, a federal judge in the Northern District of California issued a nationwide injunction against the shuttering of the DACA program and ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting renewal applications for DACA.
The Supreme Court's decision Monday means that it could still agree to hear the case after it's heard by a lower court. "We keep saying, if they are coming for us in the morning, they are coming or you in the afternoon", Ruiz added". The Supreme Court's refusal to intervene in the matter also relieves the pressure off Congress to come up with an alternative for DACA by the mandated deadline. "As a DACA recipient I'm very happy about today's results".
U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez issued a wide-spread injunction barring the government from revoking DACA status without providing previous notice and an explanation.
Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the court that the administration was ending the program because of the threat of legal challenges from a coalition of states led by Texas, and a belief that the program instituted during the Obama administration could not be successfully defended in court.
Lawmakers have been mulling short-term fixes to DACA that can be put in place near the rapidly approaching March deadline. In the meantime, the White House and Congress can continue to seek a political resolution. These people failed to apply for renewal in the month granted to them by the Trump administration.More news: PNB scam now put at close to over $2 bn
The number of people losing DACA protections is expected to rise sharply next week - as a surge of expirations hits. For some, that will mean losing their work permits - and if employed, their jobs - at least temporarily.
"We need to monitor immigration more carefully", Vorraro said. Under the DACA program itself, they contended (and the judge agreed), the mere fact of illegal presence in the US was not supposed to be a basis for losing the right to remain and the right to work. LOCAL DACA RECIPIENTS, LEADERS REACT TO SCOTUS DECISIONCindy Agustin, 28, was born in Mexico City but has lived in Chicago for the last 25 years.
With congressional midterms coming in November, Aldazabal said her organization plans to educate voters and encourage participation in the elections and hold more phone banking events.
"We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail", Shah said in a statement after the US' highest court delivered its decision. However, he said nothing in his order would prevent federal authorities from "removing any individual, including any DACA enrollee, who it determines poses a risk to national security or public safety". As California Attorney General Xavier Becerra explains, DACA should be left out of larger immigration legislation altogether and should instead just be passed on its own merit.
The administration attempted to bypass further debate in the lower courts by urging the Supreme Court to step in and end the deadlock over the status of the so-called "Dreamers".