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DACA survives – for now – a new court challenge

September 1, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that Texas and other states waited too long to challenge a program to spare hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Texas federal judge on Friday added a new layer of judicial protection for the policy that has been in effect for more than six years but has been under challenge by the Trump Administration for almost a year.

New threat to DACA: Trump victory on entry ban

July 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge in Texas has given the Trump Administration a chance to apply its victory last week in the Supreme Court against foreigners’ entry into the U.S. as a new reason to end the DACA program.

Family separation: a constitutional fight, too

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The political and human rights controversy over the Trump Administration policy of family separation as a form of immigration control is also now moving into a quieter venue – into court, as a constitutional fight.  Two new lawsuits have just been filed, seeking court orders to promptly reunite thousands of children with their parents.

Trump wins on foreigners’ entry ban

June 26, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a sweeping endorsement of presidential power over who may enter the United States and a huge political victory for President Trump, a deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld his order barring most foreign travelers from five Mideast nations with mostly Muslim populations.

New Supreme Court test coming on DACA?

June 11, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has now laid out a new plan about ending a six-year-old program protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation that could put the issue before the Supreme Court in a matter of weeks. 

The legal battle over teen abortion goes on

June 4, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Overtaken by changing developments in lower courts, the Supreme Court acted narrowly on Monday to end one of the challenges to the Trump Administration policy of refusing to allow abortions for undocumented teenagers being held in official detention centers after entering the country illegally. 

Texas and allies open new challenge to DACA

May 2, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Returning to the same courthouse where a Texas-led coalition won a sweeping victory against a key immigration policy of the Obama Administration more than three years ago, Texas and some of its former allies moved on Tuesday to scuttle the last remaining part of that policy – the so-called “DACA” program.

Key issue on immigration: Is the “ban” really a ban?

April 25, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a period of about 20 weeks, a total of 430 travelers have been allowed to enter the U.S. from the Muslim nations on the terrorist risk list that the Trump Administration and his aides created under his strict immigration policy.  And one nation was recently dropped off of that list.  The Supreme Court explored on Wednesday whether those two facts are enough to prove that President Trump has not imposed a flat ban on Muslims coming to America.

President Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court’s options

April 24, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Not since President Harry Truman 66 years ago was denied the power to seize control of an industry vital to waging war has the Supreme Court faced a constitutional test of the Chief Executive’s authority as crucial as the one it takes up on Wednesday.  

A second setback for Trump team on DACA

February 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a second significant setback this week for the Trump Administration on its immigration policy, a federal judge in Los Angeles has barred government officials from taking away legal protection of “DACA” immigrants without using a fair procedure.

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