Hundreds marched on the Supreme Court on Tuesday (November 12) as arguments began over the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The marchers set off eighteen days ago from the Statue of Liberty. Many of them are immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children, known as “Dreamers.”
The nine justices will hear a scheduled 80 minutes of arguments over the Republican president’s 2017 plan to end the DACA program implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
Trump’s administration has argued that Obama exceeded his constitutional powers when he created DACA by executive action, bypassing Congress. Trump has made his hardline immigration policies – cracking down on legal and illegal immigration and pursuing construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border – a centerpiece of his presidency and 2020 re-election campaign.
DACA currently shields about 660,000 immigrants – mostly Hispanic young adults – from deportation and provides them work permits, though not a path to citizenship. The Supreme Court is hearing the administration’s appeals of lower court rulings in California, New York and the District of Columbia that blocked Trump’s move and left DACA in place.
(Production: Tom Sampson, Greg Savoy, Kristin Neubauer)