The Times-Tribune

Protection­s for immigrants on line at Supreme Court

- BY MARK SHERMAN

WASHINGTON — Protection­s for 660,000 immigrants will be debated today at the Supreme Court.

The justices are hearing arguments today on the Trump administra­tion’s bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportatio­n and allows them to work in the United States legally.

The program was begun under President Barack Obama. The Trump administra­tion announced in September 2017 that it would end DACA protection­s, but lower federal courts have stepped in to keep the program alive.

Now it’s up to the Supreme Court to say if the way the administra­tion has gone about trying to wind down DACA complies with federal law.

A decision is expected by June 2020, amid the presidenti­al election campaign.

Some DACA recipients who are part of the lawsuit are expected to be in the courtroom for the arguments. People have been camping out in front of the court since the weekend for a chance to grab some of the few seats that are available to the general public. Chief Justice John Roberts has rejected a request for live or same-day audio of the arguments. The court will post the audio on its website.

A second case being argued today tests whether the parents of a Mexican teenager who was killed by a U.S. border patrol agent in a shooting across the southern border in El Paso, Texas, can sue the agent in American courts.

If the court agrees with the administra­tion in the DACA case, Congress could put the program on surer legal footing. But the absence of comprehens­ive immigratio­n reform from Congress is what prompted Obama to create DACA in 2012, giving people two-year renewable reprieves from the threat of deportatio­n while also allowing them to work.

Federal courts struck down an expansion of DACA and the creation of similar protection­s for undocument­ed immigrants whose children are U.S. citizens.

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric was a key part of his presidenti­al campaign in 2016, and his administra­tion pointed to the invalidati­on of the expansion and the threat of a lawsuit against DACA by Texas and other Republican-led states as reasons to bring the program to a halt.

Young immigrants, civil rights groups, universiti­es and Democratic-led cities and states sued to block the administra­tion. They persuaded courts in New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., that the administra­tion had been “arbitrary and capricious” in its actions, in violation of a federal law that requires policy changes be done in an orderly way.

 ?? SUSAN WALSH / ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Monica Sibri, left, who is originally from Ecuador and now lives in New York, sits next to Diego Tum-monge of Grand Island, Neb., as they wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday to be able to attend oral arguments today in the case of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
SUSAN WALSH / ASSOCIATED PRESS Monica Sibri, left, who is originally from Ecuador and now lives in New York, sits next to Diego Tum-monge of Grand Island, Neb., as they wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday to be able to attend oral arguments today in the case of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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