The United States Chamber of Commerce, as well as, business groups that include Amazon Inc. and Alphabet inc. have filed briefs at the Supreme Court level in an effort to block an attempt by President Trump to end a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children from being deported.
The nation’s highest court is also preparing to hear arguments pertaining to plans by Trump to roll back the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislature that was enacted by former President Barack Obama. The immigrants protected by this program are referred to often as ‘Dreamers.’ An attempt by the Trump administration to rescind the DACA planned has already been blocked in lower courts.
The brief that filed to the court on Thursday argued that Trump’s plan would due great harm to companies who employ workers that are protected under the DACA program. The business groups also contend great harm would come to the American economy as a whole.
According to Reuters, the DACA program currently protects about 700,000 immigrants from being deported. Most of these protected individuals are young, Hispanic adults. Dreamers are allowed to work and enjoy other benefits of life in America but are not provided with a path to citizenship.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, also filed a brief in opposition to the president’s plan in the past week.
The Supreme Court is set to decide next summer at the end of June. This will place the decision during the hot part of the 2020 Presidential Election. Democratic opponents like Joe Biden have made promises to Dreamers that legislation will be introduced that will better protect them if he becomes president.
There have been multiple failed attempts by Democrats and Republicans to come up with an agreement on the matter that both parties can live with. Trump and his administration maintain that former President Obama exceeded the power provided to him by the constitution when he created DACA without input from Congress.
The Supreme Court is tasked with determining whether or not the Trump Administration acted in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act when they enacted measures to eliminate DACA protections for Dreamers.
Trump decided to rescind DACA in September of 2017. The protections that Dreamers enjoy were to be phased out beginning in March of the following year. However, the lower courts decided that DACA application renewals will continue processing while both sides await the end of litigation.