Trump to Keep DACA Protections in Place to Review Court Decision, Reject New Applications

July 29, 2020by Mario Parker and Jordan Fabian, Bloomberg News (TNS)
DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will allow certain young, undocumented immigrants to renew deportation protections for one year as his administration reviews a Supreme Court decision that blocked his efforts to end a program designed to let them remain in the U.S.

The administration will maintain its limited implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — rejecting new applications and reviewing requests for renewal on a case-by-case basis, according to a senior administration official who spoke to reporters Tuesday on condition of anonymity. Renewals only will be granted for a one-year period.

The administration’s review is intended to prepare for a new attempt to end the program that shields from deportation and allows work permits for nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

Trump, who made cracking down on undocumented immigration a focus of his 2016 campaign, is trying to revive the issue as polls show him behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The decision to undertake a longer review of the Supreme Court decision ensures that the status of the young immigrants, known as Dreamers, will remain a central point of contention between Trump and Biden.

The move follows a Supreme Court ruling last month that blocked Trump from ending the Obama-era policy. The court found that the Trump administration didn’t follow the law in the way it announced in 2017 it was ending the DACA program.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal justices in the majority. Roberts said the Department of Homeland Security failed to consider “conspicuous issues,” including the hardship on DACA recipients and the possibility the agency could take a more limited step.

Democrats have sought to use Trump’s immigration crackdown to harness support among Latino voters and other immigrant groups. But by setting the stage to end the program, Trump is seeking to assuage immigration hardliners who are among his core supporters.

At the same time, Trump has said he would like to find a solution for the young immigrants protected by the program — a nod to its popularity.

A CBS News poll in June found a broad majority of Americans support the program’s underlying idea: 85% said they favor allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to stay, including 73% of self-described Republicans.

The Supreme Court left open the possibility for Trump to attempt to terminate the program, ruling that the administration failed to meet requirements to ensure the action wasn’t “arbitrary and capricious.” The court didn’t say the DACA program was legal.

The Trump administration is set to file paperwork in a Maryland federal court on Tuesday clarifying its plan for DACA. The court ruled earlier this month that the administration must accept new DACA applications, but an official said it would not return the program to the pre-2017 status quo.

The administration released a memo outlining the changes and detailing how it will proceed with the review. Officials said the administration would examine its past handling of DACA, but didn’t say how long the review would last.

———

©2020 Bloomberg News

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Immigration

Biden to Prioritize Legal Status for Millions of Immigrants
Immigration
Biden to Prioritize Legal Status for Millions of Immigrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden's decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Biden will announce... Read More

Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy
Immigration
Watchdog: DOJ Bungled 'Zero Tolerance' Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department leaders under President Donald Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions even as other agencies became overwhelmed with migrants, a government watchdog report released Thursday has found. The report from... Read More

Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril
Immigration
Court Case in Texas Shows DACA Program Remains Under Peril

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tuesday court hearing over a U.S. program shielding immigrants brought to the country illegally as children highlights the peril the program still faces even under an incoming Democratic president who has pledged to protect it. A federal judge in Houston will hear arguments... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
December 18, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count as premature. Trump's insistence that illegal immigrants be excluded from the count could profoundly impact the number of seats... Read More

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
Immigration
Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration to Fully Reinstate DACA Program
December 5, 2020
by Dan McCue

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - The Trump administration must allow all eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the DACA program, and find a way to contact individuals who are eligible for the protection to notify them of the change, a federal judge ruled Friday evening.... Read More

Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's plan to exclude millions of immigrants in the country illegally from the 2020 census count appeared to fizzle at the Supreme Court on Monday. California officials feared that Trump's policy, if put into effect in the last weeks of his presidency, could not only diminish the state's... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top