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As DACA Winds Through Courts, A Cautionary Tale In Executive Orders

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As DACA Winds Through Courts, A Cautionary Tale In Executive Orders
The status of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers hangs on two administrations' interpretations of what the White House can and can't do.
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Many legal experts believe the Supreme Court will inevitably hear a case about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. But historically, justices of the nation's highest court have largely deferred to the executive branch on issues such as immigration and national security. And SCOTUS is especially hesitant to get involved in any case that could paint it as a political actor.

Meanwhile, the status of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers hangs on two administrations' interpretations of what the White House can and can't do.

In Newsy's ongoing series "Ask the Experts," Dr. Jennifer Selin of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy sees at least two major legal issues that could put DACA on the Supreme Court's docket. How it gets there could give us clues about what will happen to the Dreamers.