The Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear an appeal brought forward by the administration of President Donald Trump, keeping in place a program designed to help children who came to the country with their immigrant parents, but who never received citizenship documentation themselves.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which presently protects 700,000 individuals who grew up in the U.S. from deportation, will remain in place for the time being, according to reporting from CNN. A writ of certiorari was not obtained, which requires at least four of the sitting justices on the High Court to agree to hear a case in order for it to move forward.
The decision by the Supreme Court not to hear the case is considered a loss for the Trump administration — and not just because they had been on the side urging the court to hear arguments.
Over the weekend, Trump announced a willingness to reopen parts of the federal government that were shut down as a result of an impasse between him and Congress on the subject of a border wall, according to previous reporting from the Inquisitr. Trump said he would still demand funds for the wall but in exchange would extend DACA protections for three years.
With the Supreme Court determining it won't hear arguments on the case, Trump's leverage on negotiations is perhaps severely curtailed.