Posted on November 12, 2019

DACA Case Draws Crowds to Supreme Court as Justices Consider Program

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian, November 12, 2019

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Crowds cheered and cars honked outside the supreme court on Tuesday morning, hours before the nation’s highest court was to weigh a case that will determine whether 700,000 young undocumented immigrants can remain in the US under a program the Trump administration has sought to end.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) applies to undocumented migrants who were brought to the country as children. It was introduced by Barack Obama in 2012 and shut down by the Trump administration in September 2017.

The court will consider whether it has the jurisdiction to review the government’s decision to end Daca and, if so, whether the Trump administration ended it lawfully.

Early on Tuesday, Trump incorrectly tweeted that some Daca recipients, who he has repeatedly expressed support for in the past, were “hardened criminals”. The program bars convicted felons and others convicted of serious crimes.

The fate of Daca recipients, or Dreamers, has become a pawn in relations between Democrats in Congress and the Trump administration.

On Tuesday morning, Trump also wrote: “If supreme court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”