NEW YORK: The “Dreamers” will continue to stay in the U.S. – for now. The Supreme Court has turned down the Trump administration’s plea to decide whether it is entitled to close a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
The decision announced Monday leaves in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA as it is most commonly known, which shields some 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation. The decision was expected, according to the New York Times.
In a response issued after the court decision, Department of Justice spokesman Devin O’Malley said, “We will continue to defend DHS’ lawful authority to wind down DACA in an orderly manner.”
The Trump administration had declared in September 2017 that it would seek to shut down the program by March 5. However, the Supreme Court’s decision to turn down the appeal ensures that this legal shield will be upheld at least until the end of this year.
In January, the Federal District Court in San Francisco had ruled that the administration’s attempt to end the program was an “abuse” of its discretionary powers. Subsequently, the Federal Court in Brooklyn came to the same conclusion.