Supporters seek shielding of young immigrants

Supporters seek shielding of young immigrants

In January, a federal judge temporarily blocked the decision.

The Trump administration will try to convince a USA appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

DACA supporters rallied outside of a Southern California federal courthouse while inside arguments were heard which will impact their future.

About 40 people are on hand Tuesday, carrying signs that say "Immigrant rights are human rights" and "Our strength stems from our roots". Trump has said he has considered breaking up the court, which is widely considered the most liberal of the USA appeals courts.

The Trump administration has said it moved to end the program past year because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will soon decide if the Trump administration was justified in its decision to end DACA. "That is a perfectly rationale thing to do".

A judge overseeing that suit and four others challenging DACA ruled against the administration and reinstated the program that was started by then-President Barack Obama.

The Trump administration wants the former ruling thrown out.

That's left a legal morass that could have one court rule the 2012 program illegal, even as another court rules the revocation illegal - and both rulings would apply nationwide.

In a decision Friday, the appeals court ordered a district court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by five voters who supported Democrat Bo Eaton.

Mr. Obama himself said he didn't have powers to create DACA, before reversing and claiming those powers in 2012, setting up a program to grant work permits and Social Security cards to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the US before age 16, and who had pursued schooling and kept a generally clean criminal record.

Wardlaw seemed to agree, saying the acting Homeland Security secretary did not give "any weight" to the fact that DACA was in effect and participants were using it.

Michael Mongan, the solicitor general of California said the administration hadn't shown "its homework" and it was necessary to do so before terminating the program. Tweets are also an issue in president's travel ban proposal, which is now pending before the Supreme Court, and Judge Owens said they may wait to see what guidance the justices offer on how much attention should be paid to the president's 140-character blasts.

"They haven't done that here".

"What we would do in that circumstance is something we're still figuring out", said Hashim Mooppan, the Justice Department lawyer defending the Trump administration. He also said the administration hadn't decided, in another case, whether to issue a new memo explaining the plan to cut DACA.

The DACA decision appears likely to end up before the U.S. Supreme Court eventually.

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