The US Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a challenge to President Donald Trump’s attempt to shut down a program that shields hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The nation’s highest court agreed to hear arguments in the case during its October term with a decision expected next year, at the height of the 2020 presidential campaign.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2012 protecting the young immigrants known as “Dreamers” from deportation but Trump, who takes a hardline stance on immigration, moved to end the program after taking office.
The Supreme Court will rule on the legality of the Trump administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which extends protection to the estimated 700,000 “Dreamers.”
Several lower courts have ruled previously in the politically sensitive case, allowing it to continue, and the nine-member Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a five to four majority, will have the final say.
Two of the conservative justices on the bench were appointed by Trump.
Many of the “Dreamers” were brought to the United States by their parents when they were children and have never lived anywhere else.
Trump ordered an end to the DACA program in September 2017 but temporarily extended the protections from deportation and the case has been tangled up in the courts since then.
Several Democratic presidential candidates pledged during two days of debates this week to provide protection to “Dreamers” if elected to the White House.
US set to blow other countries away with ‘staggering’ scale of new oil and gas production
Over next decade, unlesss its trajectory changes, 61 percent of new global production will come from the United States
A new analysis reveals that the United States is expected to be the main contributor to a "looming carbon time bomb."
Released Tuesday by human and environmental rights group Global Witness, the report (pdf) shows how the U.S. is on track to dwarf other nations' shares of new oil and gas production over the next decade. In fact, says the analysis, 61 percent of all new global production is likely to come from the United States.
GOP is still accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a megadonor caught in prostitution scandal
In February, Republican megadoner John W. Childs was charged with soliciting prostitution at a Florida massage parlor.
Childs was charged in the same sting that implicated Robert Kraft, the outspoken owner of the Eagles.
Since the sting, Childs has continued to be a major funder to Republican groups and candidates, reports CNBC.
He's given a total of $330,000 to Republicans, according to FEC filings.
The primary recipients of his largesse have been the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Nothing new for US in Trump’s Greenland ambitions
President Donald Trump's interest in buying Greenland has been met with disdain -- but it follows a longstanding US tradition of expanding its frontiers through land purchases from foreign countries.
The self-governed Danish territory has been in US sights at least twice before, while Washington has bought territory from Russia, Spain, France and Denmark since the turn of the 19th century.
- The Louisiana Purchase (1803) -
In the early 18th century, London and Paris were at loggerheads over control of North America, but French interest waned after it lost Quebec in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.