Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Trump's efforts to end DACA blocked (again) by federal court

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On Thursday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a lower court order to block Trump's efforts to end deportation protections for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

Why it matters: It's been more than a year since then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended DACA, but various court injunctions have kept the program up and running until the Supreme Court weighs in. The Justice Department petitioned the Supreme Court earlier this week to intervene in the case in an effort to prevent it from making its way through the lower courts.

Trump administration asks Supreme Court for swift action on DACA

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The Justice Department urged the Supreme Court on Monday to take up a legal battle over the Trump administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite lower courts having yet to rule on the legality of the effort.

The big picture: The administration has been trying to bypass lower-court rulings on some of President Trump’s signature policy proposals with the hope that the now conservative Supreme Court majority will help push his measures through. 

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