DACA to get its day in court

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Opinion

July 2, 2019 - 10:12 AM

In case you were harboring any doubts over the role immigration will play in the 2020 presidential campaign, the Supreme Court on Friday morning all but guaranteed it will be front and center next spring.

The court agreed to hear an appeal of lower court decisions that barred the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected from deportation people living in the country illegally after being brought here as children. It’s an immensely popular program with American voters, and even President Donald Trump supported its aims before Jeff Sessions and other immigration hard-liners persuaded him to terminate it.

It’s way too early to read tea leaves in the case, but the court’s unrelated decision Thursday on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census offers some guidance. The court held that while Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had the authority to add the question, he still had to come up with a valid reason for doing so.

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