Supreme Court divided over future of DACA as justices weigh Trump bid to end program

The future of the DACA program for young illegal immigrants remained uncertain as the Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared to lack consensus on whether the Trump administration’s plans to rescind legal protections for so-called Dreamers were proper.

The cases were debated during 80 minutes of tense oral arguments. No side appeared to command a clear majority of justices over what has become a major test of executive power on the contentious issue of immigration reform. A ruling from the high court is expected in June, in the midst of the 2020 presidential campaign.

At issue is the Obama-era program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It was created under executive order and gives about 700,000 people brought as children to the United States illegally –or on visas that later were overstayed — the opportunity to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.

Hundreds of Dreamers and their supporters rallied outside the court. Some carried signs, such as “Build Bridges, Not Walls.” Members of Congress were among those watching the arguments inside.

President Trump tweeted earlier Tuesday morning that if the administration prevails at the high court, he promised “a deal will be made with the Dems for them to stay!”

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