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Justices step in to settle legal fate of DACA

June 28, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

For nearly 18 years, Congress has been studying plans to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as “dreamers” from the risks of being deported to their home countries, but it has yet to complete such legislation. On Friday, the Supreme Court stepped in to settle their legal fate, at least for the next few years.

Trump team urging Justices to act now on DACA

May 29, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration is now urging the Supreme Court to act swiftly, to decide in the next few weeks on the next step in the dispute over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program.

Supreme Court keeps asylum limits on hold

December 21, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Over the dissents of four Justices, the Supreme Court refused on Friday to allow the Trump Administration to put back into effect its new restrictions on asylum for foreign nationals entering the U.S. illegally across the Mexico border. The plea needed five votes to support the resumption of the policy but fell one short. 

Supreme Court drawn into asylum controversy

December 12, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration rushed to the Supreme Court Tuesday, asking permission to put back into place new restrictions on granting asylum to thousands of people who enter the United States' southern border without permission.

Judge issues temporary restraining order on Trump asylum policy

November 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

A federal judge has temporarily halted a Trump administration policy to bar asylum seekers entry into the United States unless they appear at certain physical entry points on the southern border.

Ninth Circuit rules against Trump administration on DACA

November 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Quoting the Supreme Court’s landmark Marbury v. Madison decision, a three-judge Ninth Circuit has upheld a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program.

Government asks Supreme Court to shut down DACA

November 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program and to do so in the Court’s current term.

Reconstruction-era law limits National Guard as border guards

October 22, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

In recent days, President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy National Guard members to block a mass-immigration situation at the Mexican border. However, an 1878 law may effectively limit the Guard’s ability to directly act there.

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.

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