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Trump petitions high court in effort to kill 'Dreamers' program

Trump petitions high court in effort to kill 'Dreamers' program

The day before congressional elections in which Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric has taken center stage, the administration urged the justices to throw out three lower court rulings that blocked Trump's plan to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh didn't participate in the vote.

The brief court order noted that three of the court's conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, would have thrown out the appeals court decision.

Obama's rules, meant to safeguard equal access to content on the internet, were opposed by Trump, a Republican.

The US Supreme Court has, in a 4-3 vote, declined to hear challenges to the FCC's 2015 network neutrality order that was adopted during the Obama administration under then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

In court papers, Solicitor General Noel Francisco asked the justices to take up the case this term and argued that district judges who had issued opinions against the administration were "wrong" to do so. USTelecom said it would "continue to support" the repeal "from challenges in Washington, D.C. and state capitals".




The justices rejected that request on February 26, but asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to quickly process the case so it could return to the high court in a reasonable timeframe. "To protect this institution from being implicated in the Trump administration's electoral ploy, the Supreme Court should reject the administration's request". The high court doesn't typically take cases before federal appeals courts rule on them.

The Trump administration and internet service providers had asked justices to wipe away a ruling that had temporarily preserved the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

The legal moves reflected a desire by conservatives and industry players to cement the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, which were created to restrict Internet service providers' ability to manipulate loading speeds for specific websites or apps.

The FCC rules forbade carriers from blocking or slowing down websites, and also prohibited them from offering websites faster delivery to consumers in exchange for new, additional fees.

Several of the plaintiffs in the case said the rejection wasn't surprising, given that the FCC has already repealed net neutrality. Although his majority at the Commission has repealed the net neutrality rules, today's decision should weaken those who are contesting the now-binding 2016 DC Circuit Court's decision upholding the rules.