Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

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Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

President Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court late Thursday to allow Trump to abolish a program protecting almost 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, arguing that a federal appeals court should be bypassed because "time is of the essence". The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination".

The Republican president in September rescinded, effective in March, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program put in place in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

The justices plan to hear argument in April and issue a final ruling by late June on a Trump policy that has been repeatedly blocked and struck down in the lower courts.

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"It defies both law and common sense for DACA-an entirely discretionary non-enforcement policy that was implemented unilaterally by the last administration after Congress rejected similar legislative proposals and courts invalidated the similar DAPA policy-to somehow be mandated nationwide by a single district court in San Francisco", Attorney General Jeff Sessions released in a statement. At the time, more than 689,000 people were enrolled in DACA, and 12,710 have lost their status since.

Last week, the San Francisco-based judge ordered the Trump administration to renew parts of DACA and start accepting renewal applications from those already part of the program while related lawsuits make their way through the legal system.

Before he issued his injunction, the Bill Clinton-appointed Alsup tried to get the administration to disclose a massive tome of material around the decision to end DACA, hoping to find reasoning he considered unacceptable for the move, like racial animus.

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The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers who claim it is illegally aimed at Muslims and stems from Trump's campaign call for a "complete shutdown of Muslims" entering the U.S.

"If there is one group in the nation that does not pose a threat to national security or public safety, it's the 'Dreamers, '" said attorney Mark Rosenbaum of the nonprofit organization Public Counsel, referring to the young people in the program.

In its petition to the Supreme Court, the DOJ countered that the decision to end DACA "is a classic determination that is committed to agency discretion by law".

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"We look forward to the Court's review of this important case", said lawyer Neal Katyal, who has represented the state of Hawaii in its efforts to block the travel order.

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