Nebraska 'Dreamers' rally in DC as Supreme Court hears DACA arguments

Thursday, 14 Nov, 2019

Demonstrator Anel Medina, a 28-year-old DACA enrollee and oncology nurse at Penn Medicine in the Philadelphia area, said the programme changed her life. The courts then held that the administration's determination that DACA was likely to be struck down was "arbitrary and capricious", notwithstanding judicial precedent pointing to that conclusion. Either way, the Trump administration was within its rights to end the program.

The day started earlier with crowds outside the Supreme Court braving rain and chilly temperatures to support DACA, the Obama-era program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to remain and work legally.

Three years ago, Calderon graduated from Drake University and now has a career in consulting, but she became extremely anxious when DACA was rescinded in 2017 under the Trump administration.

"We are people", he said.

Dreamers are our students, teachers, neighbors, friends, and family.

A poll conducted in June by the president's preferred news outlet, Fox News, also found most voters support allowing Dreamers to stay in the US.

San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a grassroots group advocating the rights for Chinese and other Asian immigrants, said all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, "have the right to stay and live with dignity and respect". Many don't speak the language or know the culture of their home countries. However, the effort was thwarted by multiple federal judges in rulings the administration ultimately appealed to the nation's high court. Trump administration officials argued the policy was executive overreach and unconstitutional. The program, established during the Obama administration, defers deportation and grants work permits for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. To qualify, recipients have to be working, in school or in the military and have clean criminal background. That was the year the Trump administration announced a plan to phase out DACA. His attorney general at the time, Jeff Sessions, announced on September 5, 2017, that DACA would be phased out over six months.

"That history is not close to the number of people covered by DACA", Roberts said. She said the administration's reasoning to end the program - and "destroy lives" - needed to be articulated clearly. The justices will consider two questions: whether the move to rescind DACA should be reviewed by the Supreme Court and if the federal government violated administrative procedures when it moved to terminate the program.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, Trump's top Supreme Court lawyer, did not directly respond to Sotomayor.

A second case being argued Tuesday tests whether the parents of a Mexican teenager who was killed by a US border patrol agent in a shooting across the southern border in El Paso, Texas, can sue the agent in American courts.

"We don't know what the administration would do if it had to own its decision and take responsibility for throwing these young people out of work", Olsen reportedly said.

"Some are very tough, hardened criminals", he wrote.

"I'm hopeful they will provide justice here", he said.

"I see courage, I see hope, I see the future of the United States of America", he said.

"The theory on which DACA rests effectively allows the government to create a shadow INA for any category of aliens that it chooses to make low-priority targets, a shadow second-tier INA ... and you ... need to locate something in the INA that confers that kind of broad and unfettered discretion". "This is a liberation movement".