Undeterred by a recent Supreme Court ruling preventing him from ending the DACA program, President Trump today announced new restrictions.
CNN reports that under the new temporary guidelines, all new applicants to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be denied. Renewals will be limited to just one year instead of two.
The plan allows the White House time to figure out its next move while not expanding the Obama-era program.
One legal analyst says Trump appears to be defying the Supreme Court, according to USA Today.
“This policy tries to implement the ruling in a way that would allow the admin to more quickly deport DACA recipients if Trump is re-elected and rescinds DACA again, this time successfully,” tweeted Leah Litman, an assistant law professor at the University of Michigan.
The administration sees it differently.
“The administration is now undertaking a comprehensive review of the DACA program and the justifications that have been offered for winding DACA down, including its illegality and the negative effects the program has on what I call ‘immigration behavior,’ including smuggling and illegal crossings,” a senior administration official said to CNN.
Advocates for DACA vowed to block the White House action.
“We know what it takes to defend DACA – we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again if necessary,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, according to USA Today.
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