Wednesday, January 23, 2019
With a decision on Tuesday to not hear a challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Supreme Court denied Trump his only real chance to undercut Democrats in Congress in the midst of a battle he appears to be losing.
The Trump administration's hope had been that the Supreme Court would overrule the lower courts and allow him to end the program, which would provide him with leverage over congressional Democrats as the president continues to drag out the government shutdown in order to force the building of a border wall. The president had even predicted that the court would side with him during a cabinet meeting earlier this month.
"It will be in the United States Supreme Court," Trump said on Jan. 2. "So if we win that case -- and I say this for all to hear -- we'll be easily able to make a deal on DACA and the wall as a combination. But until we win that case, they don't want to really talk about DACA."
But a conservative Supreme Court struck down Trump's last hope on Tuesday.
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