Federal Spotlight: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of DACA Ruling

March 1, 2018

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t hear an appeal of a ruling made by a federal judge in California pertaining to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The judge’s ruling concluded the program must continue in its current form. The Trump Administration wanted to bypass the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and go straight to the Supreme Court for appeal. It’s extremely rare for the Supreme Court to take an appeal that would bypass a lower court in the appeals process. The DACA program, which President Trump said last September would end in early March if Congress didn't come up with a legislative fix, will continue for now, as the case will be heard before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.