Liberals and Democrats intent on reversing President Trump's DACA decision got another setback on Friday when the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily put a hold on U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup's order requiring the Trump administration to turn over all decision-related documents.
The fight over document production is the latest battle over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which President Obama initiated in 2012 so that children of illegal immigrants would not be deported. He was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The challengers had sought the documents to bolster their case, pending in California.
He said the matter should be left with the lower courts, which are in a better position "to understand whether a particular discovery order is over-burdensome".
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The high court's action is a win for government lawyers, who argued in court papers that the "district court's orders mandating discovery and expansion of the administrative record were in excess of the district court's authority".
The Justice Department, meanwhile, celebrated the ruling in a statement.
"The Department of Homeland Security acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner, and the Justice Department believes the courts will ultimately agree", said spokesman Devin O'Malley. Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating California AG on Trump EPA: "It's nearly as if they believe they're above the law" Sanctuary city policies are ruining California - here's why I left MORE accused the Trump administration of trying to "hide" documents after the ruling in a statement. The administration owes the American people a real explanation for its decision to upend the lives of 800,000 Dreamers, stripping them of their ability to work and study, stirring fear, and threatening our economy. The district court later instructed the government to "be ready to file" a complete set of documents by December 22.
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