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The Supreme Court gives the Dreamers a break

The highest judicial body has rejected the Trump Administration's request to review the sentences of the lower courts.

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Just days before the deadline imposed by President Trump to end the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Supreme Court of the United States has decided to stick to the rules and will not evaluate the sentences of two lower courts.

After Judge William Alsup (California) and Judge Nicholas Garaufis (New York) issued sentences blocking DACA's rescission, the Trump Administration requested the Supreme Court to evaluate the sentences to follow up on the presidential decision to suspend the program, if the Congress doesn’t reach a solution that satisfies the migratory demands of the government.

As reported by the Washington Post, the Supreme Court announced Monday its refusal to "enter the national controversy", rejecting the Administration’s request, allowing the national blockade issued by the two smaller courts.

"No appellate court has reviewed those decisions, and it would have been exceedingly rare for the Supreme Court to take up a case without that interim step," explains journalist Robert Barnes of the Post. "In the past, the court has granted such cases only in matters of grave national importance, such as the controversy over President Richard Nixon’s White House tapes or solving the Iranian hostage crisis.”

In this way, the litigation will continue and it is likely that the matter won’t return to the Supreme Court until the next term, the report continues.

In an effort to get their whims satisfied, the Trump Administration evaded the required court procedures by directly requesting the Supreme Court to review the rulings of the lower courts, but the highest judicial body has decided to abide by the rules and proceed through the right ways, giving a break to the more than 700,000 young people who are still waiting for a solution from Congress.

Likewise, the arguments of both courts - which maintained their decision, assuring the president's move was "arbitrary and capricious" - stand still, adding to other reactions like that of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), who rejected the Legal excuses from the administration assuring that "it ignores the previous findings that the program is legal".

In the meantime, the Department of Justice must adhere to the sentences of the lower courts by accepting applications for renewal of young Dreamers, although at the moment it is not required to accept new applications.

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