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The Latest: Judges skeptical they can’t review Trump policy

May 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a federal appeals court hearing in California on the battle over an Obama-era policy that shielded certain young immigrants from deportation (all times local):

3 p.m.

Federal appeals court judges appeared skeptical of the Trump administration’s claim that courts couldn’t review its decision to end an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jacqueline Nguyen asked an attorney for the administration during a hearing Tuesday whether courts would have that power if they didn’t agree with the administration’s claim that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented illegally.

Hashim Mooppan, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, said rescinding DACA was a decision to enforce law and was at the administration’s discretion.

DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

A federal judge in San Francisco in January blocked the Trump administration’s decision and reinstated the program. The administration wants the 9th Circuit to throw out that ruling.

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11:55 a.m.

Supporters of an Obama-era policy that shielded certain young immigrants from deportation have gathered in Pasadena, California, where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments over ending the program.

About 40 people are on hand Tuesday, carrying signs that say “Immigrant rights are human rights” and “Our strength stems from our roots.”

The 9th Circuit will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

A federal judge in San Francisco in January blocked the Trump administration’s decision and reinstated the program. The administration wants the 9th Circuit to throw out that ruling.

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11:59 p.m.

The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will be the first federal appeals court to hear arguments about President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

A federal judge in San Francisco in January blocked the Trump administration’s decision and reinstated the program. The administration wants the 9th Circuit to throw out that ruling.

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