The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's unusual bid for the justices to intervene in a case over protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
The court on Monday declined to take up a key case dealing with the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program -- for now. DACA protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. In September, President Trump ordered an end to the program.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering a San Francisco federal judge's January ruling that blocked the administration from ending DACA by March 5. The Trump administration tried to skip the 9th Circuit, which many view as a liberal court, and go directly to the Supreme Court.
"We’re very happy," plaintiff Dulce Garcia said Monday. "As a DACA recipient I’m very happy about today’s results. But the fight’s still going on. Unfortunately, the president rescinded the DACA program without a plan in place and without a bill in Congress."
The high court said the 9th Circuit, which considers cases from California and eight other states, should hear the case first. That means DACA continues under the injunction at least until May or June, when the 9th Circuit is expected to rule on the case.