The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been a thorny issue for the Trump administration. The program, which allows undocumented immigrants who’ve been in the U.S. since childhood to remain, has proven difficult to do away with. DACA’s popularity, coupled with its seemingly impervious position to legal challenges, has made it a contentious issue for an administration that has repeatedly sought to dismantle it.
After a federal judge recently issued an order to restart DACA, the Trump administration is now turning to the Supreme Court in search of a reversal. The Justice Department has announced its intent to appeal the federal judge’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, as well as to the Supreme Court. It’s a rarely seen maneuver in an effort to eradicate the Obama-era program.
Citing the impracticality of a judge in San Francisco determining policy that affects the nation as a whole, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stated the he hopes this appeal will bring about a quick resolution.
The Trump administration had previously halted DACA 2017, but the federal judge’s recent injunction meant renewing the work authorizations for some 690,000 recipients who had previously held that status. The judge did concede that officials could deny DACA recipients—often called “dreamers”—re-entry should they travel abroad.
It will be interesting to monitor the administration’s efforts in appeal. As previous rulings have deemed Trump’s actions not to be in accordance with federal law, there is optimism that the trend could continue. Regardless, with so many dreamers having so much at stake, the decision is sure to be impactful either way.