In 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established. This program provides work permits and protection from deportation to undocumented youth who came to the United States as children if they meet the DACA program requirements.
The Trump administration moved to phase out the DACA program in 2017, but the move was blocked by lower courts. Appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, the justices determined the administration's attempt to end the program was unlawful.
What effect will the DACA ruling have? Angela Banks, a Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, is available to discuss what could happen next.
"If the court upholds the challenge in the DACA case we could see the administration undergo a new process to end DACA. The legal challenge claims that the process used to end DACA did not adhere to the Administrative Procedure Act. Therefore the administration could decide to utilize a new process and offer new reasons for ending the program. However, 2020 is an election year and DACA is a program that is widely supported. Therefore it is possible that the administration may decide to let the program remain until after the election."