WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court took no action Tuesday on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a move that requires the government to keep the program going for at least 10 more months.
The Trump administration urged the justices to hear appeals of lower court rulings that prevent the government from shutting DACA down. Now, any cases accepted in subsequent weeks won’t be heard until the next term, which begins Oct. 1, and it would take a few months more for the court to issue a decision.
DACA allows children of immigrants who came into the country illegally to remain here if they were under 16 when they arrived, provided it was by 2007. The Obama-era initiative has allowed 700,000 young people, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation. The nickname comes from the DREAM Act, which would have offered many of the same protections as DACA but was never approved by Congress.