Chief Justice John Roberts, the new swing vote, appears to be satisfied with a memo from former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlining the reasons for ending the program.
A closely divided Supreme Court on Tuesday grappled with whether to allow the Trump administration to bring an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
After more than an hour of arguments, the court’s conservative wing of the bench appeared ready to side with President Trump in his efforts to rescind the program, which was started under President Barack Obama in 2012 and provides legal protections for young immigrants.
The dispute is one of the most closely watched of the Supreme Court’s blockbuster term, and hanging in the balance is the fate of 700,000 Dreamers, the name given to those brought to the United States illegally as children and shielded from the threat of deportation. A decision by the court is expected by the end of June, in the heart of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch raised questions as to whether the courts should do so, with Gorsuch saying he was “still struggling” with whether the executive branch's decision should be reviewed.