High court won't decide immigrants' fate for now

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's highly unusual bid to bypass a federal appeals court and get the justices to intervene in the fate of a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

The announcement means the case affecting "Dreamers" will have to work its way through the lower courts before any Supreme Court ruling is possible. The case could also become moot if Congress takes action on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, although efforts in Congress have hit a stalemate.

DACA supporters are hailing the decision as a significant -- if only temporary -- win. The program has provided work permits and protection from deportation for about 800,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.