The Supreme Court Just Dealt Trump a Major Blow in His War on Immigrant Youth

In a major win for undocumented immigrant youth, the Supreme Court will not hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court decision that partially reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program). This means that some DACA renewals can continue, for now:


The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to bypass the court of appeals and hear an appeal directly from a trial court decision reinstating DACA. Such requests to circumvent the intermediate appeals court — known as a “petition for writ of certiorari before judgment” — are almost never granted, and Monday’s order is no exception.

Nevertheless, it is also very uncommon for the Justice Department to make such a request of the Court. Monday’s order is an indication that there are limits to the Court’s willingness to bend its rules for the current administration.

“Undoubtedly good news,” tweeted immigration expert Phil Wolgin. “For one, it's a big rebuke to the [administration], who wanted to overturn the ruling so badly (and stop DACA renewals) they skipped the appeals court, and went straight to the Supreme Court.”

But while an important victory for undocumented immigrant youth, brand-new applicants are still not being accepted in the program, and the legal battles playing out only highlight the need to pass permanent protections in the form of the DREAM Act, and now. 

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.