Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

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The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment, is hearing cases that could have significant ramifications for generations to come on issues like immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and abortion access.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — kept a relatively low profile in its first term this year. But it could hand major wins to Republicans in 2020's second term, emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus as a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.

More than 140 businesses call on Supreme Court to protect Dreamers

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More than 140 businesses and trade associations on Friday filed an amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on President Trump's push to end the program.

Why it matters: Business leaders are making an economic case for the Obama-era policy, which protects more than 700,000 people brought into the country illegally as children from the threat of deportation.