Skip to content
Subscriber Only

DACA Gets Its Day in Court

The U.S. Capitol As GOP Senators Weigh Short-Term Government Funding Bill
Photographer: Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

The Trump administration’s case to end a program that protects almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation comes before a federal appeals court in New York on Friday, with the “Dreamers” a potential bargaining chip in the shutdown endgame between Democrats and the president.

At issue is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which shields people brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats want a deal on the Dreamers, and President Donald Trump has used the court battle to delay it. As the partial government shutdown enters its 35th day, DACA is again front and center.