The Trump administration sent a letter to the Supreme Court Monday asking the court to consider cases involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act ahead of an appeals court decision, BuzzFeed News reports. The letter, written by solicitor general Noel Francisco, notifies the court that the Justice Department will be filing a request for SCOTUS “to consider this dispute during the current Term.” The administration is seeking a decision from the Supreme Court before lower courts have a chance to rule on the administration’s move to end DACA, which was blocked by federal courts. The program provides protections for certain children of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood wrote on Twitter that the Justice Department’s attempts to “skip over the lower courts” shows a “remarkable lack of respect for the judicial process.” The Trump administration reportedly attempted to bypass lower courts earlier this year, as well. The Supreme Court rejected the administration’s same plea in February.
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