President Donald Trump is expected to refile paperwork during the second week of July to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, follow the Supreme Court ruling that his administration went about trying to end the program the wrong way.
The day after the court’s June 18 DACA ruling, the president vowed to do something about it and tweeted he would submit “enhanced papers” to comply with requirements to end DACA.
court’s combined decision on three separate appellate court rulings that blocked Trump’s order to stop DACA basically left the program in place – protecting recipients from deportation and enabling them to still receive benefits such as work authorization – while emphasizing the president went about rescinding the program in the wrong way.
Catholic leaders who work on immigration issues right away predicted the president would continue his efforts to end DACA, staring with refiling the paperwork to do so in a way that complied with the high court’s requirements.
The process will “likely immediately be mired in litigation,” said Ashley Feasley, director of policy for Migration and Refugee Services for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
Ilisa Mira, an attorney with the office of Catholic Legal Immigration Network or CLINIC, similarly said Trump could issue a new memo that she said would satisfy what the Supreme Court was looking for but would “bring up more litigation”.
Another possible path, she said, would be for the Department of Homeland Security to issue a regulation affecting the program that would need a notice and comment period and could take months to complete.
The Supreme Court’s majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the government failed to give acceptable reasons for ending DACA.
Immigration advocates like Feasley and Mira, are urging DACA supporters to push the Senate for legislation that would give DACA recipients and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) a path toward citizenship. “We can’t let the Senate get a pass,” said Feasley.
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