Trump Turns to Supreme Court to Wind Down 'Dreamer' Immigration Program

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules.                  CNET  Marguerite Reardon

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected AT&T's appeal to overturn the 2015 net neutrality rules. CNET Marguerite Reardon

The legal fight over a 2016 lower court ruling upholding Obama-era net neutrality regulations aimed at ensuring a free and open internet - rules that have since been repealed by President Donald Trump's administration - came to a formal end on Monday, with the US Supreme Court declining to take up the matter.

With no explanation, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the net neutrality case, according to The Hill. The Supreme Court this week stated it wouldn't be hearing the case (pdf).

DACA, which was created after President Barack Obama signed an Executive Branch memorandum, gives some illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children the opportunity to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.

The request comes after the Supreme Court rejected a similar plea in February. Other challenges to DACA repeal efforts are now before appeals courts in NY and Washington, D.C.

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That court, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, heard arguments in May but hasn't ruled.

The appeals, filed more than a year ago, lost most of their practical significance in June, when a new Federal Communications Commission order took effect and abolished the net neutrality rule.

In September 2017, the government announced plans to phase out the program, but lower court judges blocked the administration from doing so and ordered that renewals of protections for recipients continue until the appeals are resolved.

"Today's decision is not an indication of the Court's views on the merits but simply reflects the fact that there was nothing left for the Court to rule on", the Internet and Television Association said. The net neutrality rules prevent an internet service provider or a wireless carrier from setting up a fast lane that can be purchased by a company that streams video or audio content.

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The legality of the separate DACA program for undocumented immigrant youths had never been tested in court (although an expansion of that program fell with the court rulings against the program for undocumented parents).

"The last administration started DACA without a mandate or even an authorization from Congress or the courts; this administration can therefore end DACA at any time", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Monday night.

That leaves the conservatives with a solid five-to-four majority in the high court, elevating the chance the Trump administration could win support for its stance on DACA.

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