Regardless of the ruling handed down by a federal appeals court, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is headed for the Supreme Court in next year's term, legal experts told the Washington Examiner.
That projects a ruling from the High Court regarding DACA recipients coming no later than June 2019.
The projected timeline of DACA, experts laid out for the Examiner:
- April 10: DACA Briefs due to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Late April/Early May: Oral arguments.
- June: Verdict likely from the 9th Circuit.
- October: DACA will be heard by Supreme Court first thing.
- December: Earliest arguments can be heard before the High Court.
- June 2019: The latest that a ruling would be handed down.
A separate injunction on DACA will also make its way through the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals in New York, following a similar timeline to the 9th Circuit.
"I assume that whatever happens, whether the government wins or loses on DACA or the states or DACA beneficiaries win or lose, that the cases are headed to the Supreme Court like the travel ban cases and the [Affordable Care Act] cases in the Obama administration," Supreme Court litigator Andrew Pincus told the Examiner.
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