The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.
The justices’ order Friday sets up high-stakes legal arguments in late fall or early winter, with a decision likely by June 2020 as Trump seeks re-election. Trump ordered an end to the program known as DACA in 2017, resulting in protests and a failed congressional effort to salvage it.
Federal courts in California, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., meanwhile have blocked Trump from ending it immediately. A federal judge in Texas has declared the program is illegal, but refused to order it halted .
The program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — protects about 700,000 people, known as dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.
No matter the outcome of the Supreme Court case, the DACA protections seem certain to remain in effect at least until the high court issues its decision.
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We reached out to Governor Newsom. He was not available for an interview. We reached out to UC President Janet Napolitano; the University of California is the plaintiff in the case.
With files from the Associated Press.
Alexander Berengaut, one of the attorneys who has been leading the effort on behalf of the University of California in the lawsuit
Vincent Ronquillo, DACA recipient in Los Angeles