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Demonstrators gather outside of the U.S. Capitol in support of DACA. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Court keeps DACA alive


Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Obama-era legal protections for immigrants who illegally entered the United States as children. President Donald Trump’s administration argued that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was illegal and the courts had no authority to review its decision to end it. The program provides legal shelter for about 650,000 immigrants. The court’s decision, however, may not stand indefinitely. The justices ruled the administration did not follow the right steps when it tried to end DACA. Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the agency is planning to try to end the program again. It’s unclear if the Trump administration could complete the process before the presidential election in November.

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