The U.S. Supreme Court took up the DACA controversy Tuesday — and the conventional wisdom suggests the Obama-era policy is in jeopardy.
DACA, short for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protects undocumented young immigrants from deportation. An estimated 3,100 Idahoans, including K-12 and college students, are in Idaho under the DACA program.
The Trump administration has been pushing to eliminate the program since 2017, and on Tuesday, the administration took its case to the Supreme Court.
“Based on their questions, it appeared that the court’s five conservatives were inclined to rule that the Department of Homeland Security acted properly when it ordered the program ended in 2017 and that the federal courts cannot second-guess that decision,” NBC News reported.
“(Conservative) justices indicated that they would not second-guess the administration’s reasoning and, in any event, considered its explanations sufficient,” the New York Times reported.
CNN, meanwhile, pegged Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh as wild cards. “After an hour and a half of arguments, it wasn’t entirely clear how they would ultimately vote in the case. The four liberal justices, on the other hand, plainly made clear they believed the government had not followed proper procedures as required by law when winding down such a program.”
The Washington Post focused on the Trump administration’s argument for repeal, saying the White House “has decided (DACA) … should end regardless of its legality.”
“We own this,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco said.
In 2017, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and former Gov. Butch Otter signed on in support of the DACA repeal.
More reading: For an in-depth Idaho perspective, including an interview with a Boise State University student who is in Idaho under DACA, click here for coverage from Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman.