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Trump Admin. Urges SCOTUS to Fast-Track DACA Decision

author Published by Chris Chmielenski

The Trump Administration has filed a briefing with the Supreme Court, urging the high court to quickly decide if it will hear arguments on the legal challenges to Pres. Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era executive DACA amnesty that has given work permits to approximately 900,000 illegal aliens. The briefing asked the Court if it would decide before the end of the month, which marks the end of the current session, if it would hear arguments in the fall.

Pres. Trump ended the DACA amnesty program in September of 2017, but there have been a number of legal challenges against that action and several federal courts have sided with the challengers. As a result, the administration has been forced to continue the program.

U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in his brief that it’s “critical” that the Supreme Court make a decision in June, so both sides have enough time to prepare for oral arguments in the fall.

“The very existence of this pending litigation (and lingering uncertainty) continues to impede efforts to enact legislation addressing the legitimate policy concerns underlying the DACA policy,” Francisco wrote.

Each chamber of Congress voted on DACA legislation last year, but both efforts failed to pass. The House of Representatives voted on two bills introduced by former Rep. Bob Goodlatte, including the Securing America’s Future Act that would have granted amnesty to 900,000 DACA recipients while also ending chain migration and the visa lottery and requiring all employers to use E-Verify. The Senate voted on three different DACA proposals, including one backed by Pres. Trump, but none of the three received enough votes on the initial procedural vote.

For more on this story, see CBS News.

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