A U.S. Supreme Court decision last month rejecting the Trump administration’s effort to roll back President Barack Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive action also left open the possibility for another effort to repeal the program.
According to The Hill, President Donald Trump signaled that he would, in fact, try again to end DACA, which shields undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors from deportation.
Citing White House sources “familiar with the planning,” The Hill reported that Trump is expected to refile the necessary paperwork this week to end his predecessor’s executive order. This time, the administration will reportedly focus on ensuring all appropriate procedural steps are completed.
“You’ll see executive orders”
The sources indicated that the president had been prepared to make his next move on DACA last week but delayed the plan for an unspecified reason. While the exact timing of another court filing is unknown, the report suggests it is imminent.
As with the last effort, any further attempts to roll back the immigration order will face challenges in court, likely leading to a protracted battle that could once again land before the Supreme Court.
Nevertheless, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appeared to predict such action during a Fox News Channel appearance on Monday.
As part of a discussion with the co-hosts of Fox & Friends, he said that “starting this week, you’ll see executive orders, you’ll see business that actually goes forward from the Oval Office when Congress doesn’t act.”
“President Obama’s illegal executive order”
Trump has repeatedly called on Congress to address DACA either on its own or as part of a more comprehensive immigration deal.
In the meantime, roughly 700,000 enrollees — along with an estimated 250,000 child dependents of those now-adult DACA recipients — remain in a state of uncertainty regarding their future status in the United States.
Despite a 5-4 ruling against the Trump administration’s prior effort, many pundits predicted the fight was not over. In addition to the decision itself leaving open the possibility, Trump has campaigned and governed with the promise to repeal DACA.
Among his first 2016 presidential campaign vows was to “immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration immediately,” as Forbes reported.
His next effort is expected within the next few days, and it should be more refined and focused than any of his administration’s previous attempts.