Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on DACA
Today (Friday, June 28) the Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case on DACA (Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals) during its next session. The next session of the Supreme Court begins in October of 2019, and a decision on the DACA case is expected in June of 2020.
DACA has been in a continual state of limbo since 2017 when the Trump administration announced plans to phase it out. Federal courts around the country have heard cases on it, and late last year the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the phase out- paving the way for the Supreme Court to hear the case.
Although reaching the Supreme Court does not guarantee what the outcome will be for DACA recipients, it is at least a chance to be heard by a non-partisan entity. The Supreme Court will announce a decision on DACA nearly twenty years after the DREAM Act was first introduced, in 2001. First introduced as the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, in the last eighteen years, at least ten versions of the DREAM Act have been introduced in Congress.
Because DACA was created through an executive order by President Obama, it had potential from the beginning to only be a temporary fix for DREAMers. The last few years the country has been waiting for Congress to make DACA permanent by passing federal legislation in the form of the Dream Act, but it has repeatedly failed to do so. Now it falls upon the Supreme Court to decide the fate of over 800,000 DACA recipients, as well as over three million DREAMers.
While no one knows what the eventual decision of the Supreme Court will be, Congress should act now to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers.