The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear oral arguments in November regarding the prolonged legal battle over the Trump administration's efforts to end the Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
The high court is slated to hear the arguments on Nov. 12, as the 2020 presidential campaign is well underway and when immigration will continue to be an issue of great contention between President Trump and his Democratic challengers. Since the fall of 2017, the White House has sought to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which covers approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
Since then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in the fall of 2017 that the administration would move to gradually dismantle the program, four federal circuit courts have issued injunctions — one as recently as May — to block the government from doing so. Late last year, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to take up the case and recently urged the justices to fast-track a decision before leaving for their summer recess.
The high court, however, refused the administration's requests and said last month it would hear the case during the fall term, which starts in October.
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The respondents in the D.C. Circuit appeal are represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and Jenner & Block LLP.