WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has
dealt a blow to the Trump administration's effort to end a program in March
that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as
On Feb. 26, the court declined to hear and rule on whether the
administration has the right to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals, or DACA program.
In September, President Donald Trump announced his administration was ending
the program, giving lawmakers until March 5 to find a legislative solution to
protect the young adults benefiting from DACA.
Two federal judges have blocked the Trump administration's efforts to
end the program, ruling the government must continue to accept renewal
applications for DACA. In turn, the administration asked the Supreme
Court to hear and rule on one of those decisions, from a judge in
California, in an effort to bypass the process of
an appeal going through the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based in
That means the March 5 deadline essentially no
longer of any significance and those benefiting from DACA can keep
applying to renew permits that
protect them from deportation and allow them to have a work permit and
documents, as long as they meet certain criteria.
In a brief
unsigned comment, the court said it expected the Court of Appeals "will proceed
expeditiously to decide this case."
the Supreme Court decision buys Congress time to address the situation
undocumented youth, it should not give them an excuse to delay action,"
said Kevin Appleby, senior director of international migration policy
for the Center for Migration Studies in New York. "These
young people remain at risk and deserve permanent protection and a
plan their futures. Catholic advocates should continue to push Congress
and the president to grant them a path to citizenship."