DACA Arguments Set for Pasadena's 9th Circuit Tuesday; Immigrant Rights Group and Protesters to Rally at Courthouse

Published : Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 8:51 AM

US-Court-of-Appeals-for-the-Ninth-Circuit-in-PasadenaA three-judge panel will hear one hour of arguments at the 9th Circuit’s Pasadena courthouse at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the U.S. government’s appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco that kept protections in place for nearly 700,000 undocumented young immigrants.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup rejected the argument that President Barack Obama exceeded his power in implementing DACA, according to the Chicago Tribune, and said the Trump administration failed to consider the disruption that ending the program would cause.

DACA, established by President Barack Obama in 2012, has protected youth who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas. The program has allowed them to apply for delay of deportation and for authorization to work, which is renewable every two years.

In September 2017, the Trump administration announced it was canceling the program incrementally, beginning in March. About a dozen lawsuits challenging the cancellation of DACA have since been filed in federal courts around the country.

A three-judge panel will hear from the Justice Department and attorneys representing six Dreamers, four states, two cities and a university. An immediate decision from the judges is unlikely, Bloomberg reported. It is expected that the case will go to the Supreme Court.

Protests are also planned in Pasadena this morning. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights and DACA youth are holding a rally, and a news conference at 12:30 p.m. just before court arguments begin.

Tuesday’s arguments before the 9th Circuit can be viewed live at the court’s website at https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/.

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