It never should have come to this.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a.k.a. DACA.
In 2012, President Obama issued an executive order that allowed “unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U. S. as children, to live and work in the United States” legally. Approximately 700,000 people, dubbed “Dreamers,” are currently covered under DACA.
In 2017, the Trump administration announced it was ending DACA, giving Congress six months to offer a possible replacement solution.
We all know what happened next . . . Nothing.
In recent years, both political parties have shifted talking points on immigration and now effectively hold positions dictated by their most extreme members. Any hope for a legislative solution seems impossible. Rulings by various federal courts against the White House only have entrenched the stalemate.
What will the Supreme Court decide? Three outcomes seem most likely.
The Court could agree with lower courts that the administration failed to meet the necessary legal requirements for ending DACA. That wouldn’t be the same thing as saying the administration can’t end DACA, since it was an executive order and not an act of Congress. This would be more of an immediate decision based on a technicality.
Or, the Court could rule that the administration’s decision to end DACA was legal and also legally implemented. If that happens, Dreamers would face deportation as soon as their current authorization expired.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera