Trump Promises New List of Supreme Court Candidates After DACA Loss

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President Donald Trump said he’d release a new list of his choices for the U.S. Supreme Court, should a vacancy open, after a divided court blocked him from ending the Obama-era program that shields 670,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

“Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religous Liberty, etc.) – VOTE 2020!” Trump tweeted on Thursday, misspelling “religious.”

Trump took a similar approach ahead of the 2016 election, making public a list of candidates to appease concerns among Republicans that his court picks wouldn’t be conservative enough. His plan for a new list appeared intended to firm up support among conservatives as polls show Democrat Joe Biden leading nationally and in some key swing states.

The new list “may include some, or many of those already on the list,” Trump said in another tweet, promising to announce it by Sept. 1.

On Thursday, a divided court dealt a surprise blow to Trump, saying that his administration didn’t adequately consider its options or the implications before rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it’s known, protects people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

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