On November 12, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard almost 90 minutes of oral argument on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program, started in 2012, allows certain immigrants who entered the United States at an early age a temporary reprieve from deportation. Over 700,000 people have DACA status. President Trump is trying to terminate the DACA program.

News outlets reported that Justices Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas and Kavanaugh seem inclined to let the Trump administration end the program. It was not clear that Chief Justice Roberts was equally convinced. A decision on the case is not expected until sometime in 2020, leaving hundreds of thousands of DACA beneficiaries in limbo with no congressional action in sight.

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