The court is likely to issue its decision in the case in June or July, just months ahead of the presidential election. The final ruling could have profound implications for the 2020 race and thrust immigration back into the spotlight as a central campaign issue.
That order was blocked by federal judges, and the 9th Circuit affirmed those decisions on the grounds that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enacted Trump’s rescission of DACA based solely on “a belief that DACA was unlawful.”
The 9th Circuit refused to consider a memorandum written by then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
after the initial injunctions, calling it a “post-hoc rationalization” of the rescission that didn’t affect the legality of the order itself.
Francisco panned that decision by the appeals court, arguing the Nielsen memo, and an earlier one by then-acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke
, “make clear that DHS’s decision also rests on policy grounds.”
“These cases concern the Executive Branch’s authority to revoke a discretionary policy of nonenforcement that is sanctioning an ongoing violation of federal immigration law by nearly 700,000 aliens,” Francisco wrote in Monday’s filing.
DACA proponents argue the program has been successful, protecting beneficiaries who have paid fees, passed background checks and entrusted the federal government with their biometric information.
“The DACA program has been incredibly successful, and the Supreme Court should reject these unlawful efforts to terminate this program, separate nearly 700,000 DACA recipients from their families, and deport them,” said FWD.us President Todd Schulte.
Francisco also made an argument for the illegality of DACA, attacking a program that’s been upheld by court review.
Immigration activists criticized Francisco’s filing, which they view as a further attempt by the administration to repeal the immigration program.
“Today’s filing makes clear that the Administration continues to take every step possible to rip protections away from DACA recipients who know no other home than the United States,” said Schulte. “Federal courts across the country have repeatedly made clear that the Trump Administration’s termination of DACA was unlawful.”
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