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Pres. Trump Weighs in on Supreme Court, Immigration

Protections for 660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court.  Protections for 660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: November 12, 2019 10:55 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United States and protects them from deportation.

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The high court is hearing arguments Tuesday on President Trump's bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
    
There did not appear to be any support among the five conservatives for the challengers to the administration's decision to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It currently protects an estimated 660,000 immigrants who came to the United States as children.
    
Several justices indicated that the administration has provided a sufficient reason for wanting to do away with the program or that courts should not be reviewing the executive branch's discretionary decisions.

The program was begun under President Barack Obama and shields immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from being deported. It also allows the estimated 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S. legally.
    
Trump's past promises to work with Democrats on protections for these immigrants have not led to an agreement.
    
The high court's decision is expected by June, at the height of the 2020 presidential campaign.
    
 

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