Monday, June 8, 2020

Trump to Use Supreme Court DACA Decision as Lever in Immigration Reform Deal?


As early as later this morning, the Supreme Court could decide the lawfulness of President Trump's attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  A decision is likely to be handed down by the end of June, the end of the Court's 2019 Term.

Anita Kumar on Politico  analyzes the possible political impacts if the Supreme Court upholds the Trump administration's dismantling of DACA.  She notes that "no side expects President Donald Trump will immediately end the program if the ruling goes in his favor. Instead, Trump is expected to slowly wind down the program and use that as leverage to try and strike a broader immigration deal with Democrats this summer, according to six people familiar with the situation."

Democrats want to wait to see if their party wins back the White House and Senate in November.  Kumar reports that Trump’s team plans to blame Democrats for not being willing to negotiate. Democrats, and their likely presidential nominee Joe Biden, are running on a pledge to make DACA permanent

"Already, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has floated including DACA as part of a broader immigration package after the Supreme Court ruling, according to two of the people familiar with the conversations. And some Senate offices, both Republicans and Democrats, have started talking about what they could ask for in exchange for legal status for Dreamers, according to those familiar with the conversations."


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