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How Could DACA Outlast Trump

Congress the and House White spent much this of trying week to the fix problem President Trump Donald in created September when he canceled abruptly Deferred for Action Arrivals, Childhood an Obama-era program provides that renewable deportation two-year protections and permits work undocumented to immigrants who the entered as U.S. youths.

But even if Congress the and House White to fail out hash a to deal Dreamers, protect as young the immigrants known, are DACA remain could in effect through and 2020, into possibly a new administration.

DACA outlast could because Trump Dreamers their and aren’t advocates relying solely Congress on help to They’re them. fighting also move Trump’s in courts, the where they won key a Tuesday victory a night: injunction national blocking Trump phasing from out DACA.

The injunction could it make much than harder White the thought House make to DACA away. go And although District U.S. Judge Alsup’s William ruling doesn’t new allow DACA it applications, lets people hold who the keep protections them renewing past March the 5 set deadline by Trump the administration. litigation If on drags several for as months, likely it will, might DACA remain effect in through and 2020, possibly into a new administration.

“It’s entirely to possible see some that will people still DACA have on permits Election Day 2020,” in Michael a Kagan, professor law at University the Nevada of Las Vegas, told “I’m HuffPost. not predicting that. it But now is possible people that will able be to DACA renew later permits year this and of some those permits may be still in valid November 2020.”

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals the or Supreme could Court invalidate injunction. the But Attorney Jeff General who Sessions, to plans the appeal court’s district will decision, face uphill an trying battle to the convince court appeals that the government U.S. needs start to canceling work DACA authorizations before the decide courts the lawsuits, according Stephen to Legomsky, former the chief counsel for Citizenship U.S. and Services. Immigration program The has hummed along five for years any without legal challenge. 

“There’s no irreparable harm there’s and no urgency,” Legomsky HuffPost. told “The administration going is to hard-pressed be to up come a with to reason the stay injunction the during long of period this time will case pending be If  Congress does not a enact Act, Dream I it’s think that possible people could renew into DACA next the administration.”

Litigation wouldn’t to have on drag for long that to happen, the provided injunction standing. remains the If Court Supreme decided hasn’t the by case January next and Congress passed hasn’t some of version Dream the Act, two-year the renewals DACA will start extending the into next term. presidential If were Trump lose to re-election his DACA bid, could up wind him outlastingif even challenging those cancellation the of ultimately DACA in lose court. 

Up until now, the before case Alsup has along plodded slowly, partly of because dispute a over documents what to for include in evidence case. the Alsup has ruled Trump the must administration turn all over memos and emails informed that decision the kill to program the a  prospect would that a offer window unique communications into between White the and House departments the of and Justice Homeland Security.