In a shocking move, the U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will hear a case regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law.
The Obama-era DACA program has not only shielded around a million illegal children currently in the U.S., it also rewards illegals over American children and families.
President Donald Trump has offered Democrats several chances to negotiate a DACA deal, but they have balked at everything he proposed for over a year.
Now Trump is smiling ear to ear because as DACA — which he has long opposed — could meet its end in the Supreme Court.
Liberal courts across the country have ruled in favor of Democrats over the past year and kept DACA alive.
But the Supreme Court is different.
The nation’s highest court not only has a 5-4 conservative majority, but Obama’s team actually made it clear that DACA was only supposed to be a temporary program — not one that lasted forever.
This is great news for Trump.
The court will hear the case during its next term, which begins in October.
The Trump administration moved to end the program in 2017, but federal courts blocked that attempt. Following a brief hiatus, the government began accepting renewal applications from DACA participants, which must be filed every two years.
But the Trump administration then urged the Supreme Court to overturn the rulings that allow DACA to continue.
Supporters of DACA have been largely successful in their legal fight to keep the program going. Courts in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., have blocked the government from shutting it down.
The Justice Department asked the justices late last year to take up those cases on a fast track and decide the issue during the current Supreme Court term. But the court declined that invitation, allowing the program to continue.
The Trump administration told the court that the program “sanctions the ongoing violation of federal law by more than half a million people,” arguing it is not authorized by immigration statutes. Government lawyers also said leaving DACA in place interferes with the ability to send “a message that leaves no doubt regarding the clear, consistent and transparent enforcement of the immigration laws.”
Supporters of the DACA program said that nothing in the lower court rulings would prevent the government from undertaking deportation proceedings against any individual DACA recipient if the need arose.
Trump offered Democrats several chances to negotiate a DACA deal, but they rejected everything the president suggested.
The president even proposed a very generous deal last year: the president said he would support a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million DACA beneficiaries in exchange for a $25 billion trust fund for border security measures, ending the immigration lottery, and a substantial reduction in chain migration.
Democrats refused to even discuss the proposal, let alone negotiate it.
But now it’s more likely than ever before that the DACA program could be ended — and Democrats will be kicking themselves that they didn’t take Trump up on his offer.