Justice Dept., Fighting to Kill DACA, Asks for Supreme Court Review

Dissenting SC judges

Dissenting SC judges

The Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it will ask the Supreme Court to immediately review a federal judge's ruling that ordered the government to restart a program that shields some young illegal immigrants from deportation.

"It defies both law and common sense for DACA-an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy-to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco", Sessions said.

The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals and said it will also take the "rare step" of filing a petition with the Supreme Court.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is suing the administration for putting an end to the program, says the lower court ruling was a step in the right direction. Both he and the attorney general have repeatedly called on Congress to come up with a solution to the status of DACA recipients. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is at the center of it.

In September, Trump ended DACA, which had been in place since 2012.

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The White House and lawmakers in Congress are at odds over whether protections for dreamers should be accompanied by crackdowns on other types of immigration.

The fate of DACA and its roughly 700,000 participants is the subject of heated negotiations in Washington, where Trump, congressional Republicans and Democrats are searching for a way to allow them to stay while also addressing border security concerns. The ruling required the Department of Homeland Security to resume accepting renewal requests from eligible DACA applicants, at least until lawsuits can play out in court.

The judge's decision, issued January 9, said the administration had not followed proper procedures for ending the benefits to illegals granted by Obama's policy of offering work-permits to younger illegal immigrants who say they were brought into the United States as children by their illegal immigrant parents.

Alsup's ruling said California and other plaintiffs had shown they were likely to succeed on their claims that the Trump administration's revocation of the almost six-year-old program was "capricious" and not in compliance with federal laws.

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