President Trump is trying to repeal a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments about the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to repeal a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants smuggled into the country as children from deportation.
Nine justices will hear arguments for 80 minutes over a plan to repeal the deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) Program, which was introduced in 2012 by Trump’s predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama.
The Trump administration insists that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority by establishing the program by presidential decree, bypassing Congress. Tough immigration policies are Central to Trump’s presidency and his re-election campaign.
Currently, 5 of the 9 seats on the Supreme court are held by conservatives, two of whom – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh-were appointed by Trump himself.
DACA protects about 660,000 immigrants, mostly Hispanic, from deportation and gives them the right to work, but provides paths to citizenship. The Supreme Court is considering the administration’s appeal against lower court decisions blocking Trump’s Executive order to repeal the program.
Authorities in several states, including California and New York, as well as human rights organizations and people who currently enjoy protection under DACA, have challenged the President’s decision.
The President called on Congress to pass “responsible immigration reform” but offered no detailed plan to replace DACA.
“If the Supreme Court corrects the situation by overturning the rulings of the lower courts, there will be an agreement with the Democrats that will allow them to stay!”– wrote the President on Twitter on Tuesday morning, without specifying details.