President Donald Trump is wasting now time now that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sitting on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. His administration asked the court on Monday to end a program introduced by former President Barack Obama that protects thousands of young immigrants who live in the United States without legal status.
Just a day before the midterm election, the White House urged the justices to throw out three lower court rulings that blocked Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The policy has shielded from deportation immigrants known as “Dreamers” and given them work permits.
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In a court filing, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the DACA policy was introduced by Obama administration officials “even though existing laws provided them no ability to do so.”
“It is plainly within DHS’s authority to set the nation’s immigration enforcement priorities and to end the discretionary DACA policy,” Francisco said.
Trump and his allies have made his hard-line policies toward immigration a key issue ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections that will determine if the GOP maintains control of Congress. The Trump administration has argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers when he bypassed Congress and created DACA, which offers protections to roughly 700,000 young adults.
Trump promised to repeal DACA on “day one” of his presidency, and it was eventually repealed in September 2017. That initiated immediate legal action by Democratic state governments and attorneys general. One of those was brought by California’s Democratic attorney general Xavier Becerra.
The Supreme Court stalled other challenges pending the San Francisco court’s decision – but now will have to rule on whether it waits for the judges or does as the Trump administration wants, and make a simple ruling itself on whether DACA is constitutional or not.
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Credit: Daily Mail