The legal avenues and ramifications of Trump’s expected decision on DACA

A group of conservative state attorneys general said they would sue Trump in federal court unless he started unraveling DACA by September 5 – so it looks like the president will make a decision regarding people who were brought to the U.S. illegally within the fortnight.

Many are anticipating that the Trump administration will stop issuing new work permits to DACA recipients. The ending of DACA would also put its participants in danger of deportation.

Trump has purportedly wavered on the DACA decision for months and today we explore the legal ramifications of his potential decision.

Would DACA survive a court challenge? Do the challenges to DAPA serve as a parallel? What is the avenue for challenging an executive order? And what legal recourse would DACA recipients have if Trump pulls the program?


Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at Center for Immigration Studies; she tweets @JessicaV_CIS

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, an immigrant rights organization; she tweets @MarielenaNILC