9th Circuit Rules Against Trump on DACA, Supreme Court Review Likely

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA permits approximately 600,000 unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the US as children to remain in the country legally by seeking permission from the Department of Homeland Security every two years. Though the Trump administration had asked the US Supreme Court to weigh in on the case pending in the 9th Circuit before the appellate ruling, now that the appellate court has issued its decision, it is even more likely that the Supreme Court will take up the matter in 2019.

The 9th Circuit is one of three circuits in which rulings have been made against Trump’s policy, though it is the only one that has been issued at the appellate level. With the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority, it is highly possible that the Court will rule in favor of Trump’s efforts to sunset the DACA program.

Additional Reading

A federal appeals court just ruled against Trump on DACA, Vox.com, November 8, 2018

Order, filed November 8, 2018 in Regents of the University of California, et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al.

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