Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants

WASHINGTON, D.C. - MARCH 20: Morning light shines outside The United States Supreme Court building on March 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Senate will hold a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation. It’s a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears arguments Tuesday. Roberts is the conservative justice closest to the court’s center who’s also keenly aware of public perceptions of an ideologically divided court.

It’s the third time in three years the administration is asking the justices to rescue a controversial policy that’s been blocked by lower courts.

The program at issue is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-era program aimed to bring out of the shadows people who’ve been in the U.S. since they were children and are in the country illegally.

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