This week saw several Supreme Court rulings, an immigration officials shakeup, and new court rulings on the U.S. Census citizenship question. Read our weekly news roundup for the week of June 24th to learn more!
1. President Trump backs off ICE raids threat…for now
It is unclear what combination of factors caused the President to change his mind on the ICE raids, as there were several individuals–from Nancy Pelosi to internal ICE officials–who voiced concern over the logistics of and fallout from the plan.
2. Supreme Court hands down several big rulings
The Supreme Court ended its current term this week, handing down several major rulings, including allowing the gerrymandering of districts, removing the ban on foul language trademarks, and allowing for limits to a department’s interpretation of its own regulations.
3. Supreme Court agrees to hear DACA case
On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear cases related to the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program during their next term. The decision comes on the heels of a long court battle over whether President Trump has the authority to end the program.
4. Census citizenship question gets a Supreme Court ruling and a new day in a lower court
The Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census has caused quite a stir in the courts.
Earlier in the week, the 4th Circuit remained a case on the census question back down to a lower Maryland court after the lower court judge requested to review his ruling.
Then on Thursday, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 rulings, temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from adding the question on the grounds that the Department of Commerce needed to better explain its decision to add the question in the first place.
5. Acting Commissioner of CBP to resign
The Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), John Sanders, will resign from his post effective July 5th. Sanders only assumed the role in April of this year.
The Washington Post reports that Sanders will be replaced by Mark Morgan, the Acting Direct of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who only assumed that role in June of this year.
6. Congress mulls dueling migrant funding bills
Late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion migrant funding package to help provide food, shelter, and transportation to migrants being held at the southern border. The bill moved to the Senate, where it was ultimately voted down.
At the same time, the Senate was considering their own migrant funding bill, which passed late Wednesday night.
It is unclear what the pathway forward would be for a funding bill, as pressure mounts on the southern border, after several stories emerged detailing the conditions of the facilities where migrants are being held and the desperate attempts of some migrants to claim asylum, highlighting the need for aid.
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