>> The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a sharp setback to President Donald Trump, rejecting the administration's bid to fast track a ruling on the fate of the DREAMers, illegal immigrants brought to the US as children. The decision by the court leaves in place, for now, the Obama era program, shielding some 700,000 of the DREAMers from deportation.
President Trump last year ordered an end to the program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, but a lower court ruled against him. In an unusual move, Trump's Justice Department appealed that ruling directly to the Supreme Court, leapfrogging a California appeals court viewed as more sympathetic to immigrants.
But on Monday, the Supreme Court rejected that strategy, indicating it wants the dreamers case to follow the normal path through the appeals process. Andrew Chung is on the story.>> The decision on Monday was not unexpected because the US Supreme Court rarely accepts cases before a lower court has ruled.
It's only done so a handful of times in its history.>> So DACA is going back, and we'll see what happens from there.>> The DREAMers are at the heart of a major battle over immigration in Washington after Trump said he wanted Congress to take action on their status by March 5th.
A stalemate between Democrats and Republicans over the DREAMers sparked a three day government shutdown in January.>> The decision allows Congress more time to consider a solution to the issue.>> Ending DACA would have left the DREAMers at risk of being deported. But Monday's decision now puts any deportations on hold while the court case runs it's course, which could, eventually, put it right back before the Supreme Court.