DACA Challenge Unheard by SCOTUS
February 26, 2018
Manhattan appeals court finds Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation; Supreme Court refuses to hear DACA challenge; Sales of new US single family homes fall again in January.
- Manhattan appeals court finds Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan found Monday that the 1964 Civil Rights Act also protects workers discriminated against by sexual orientation. The case centered around skydiving instructor Donald Zarda, who claimed he was fired from a skydiving company because he was gay. The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration, which filed a legal brief in support of the skydiving company, arguing that protecting sexual orientation was an unwarranted expansion of the CRA that circumvented legislative intent. Sexual orientation discrimination cases have had mixed success over the last few years, setting up a conflict that may only be able to be resolved by the Supreme Court. [Bloomberg]
- Supreme Court refuses to hear DACA challenge. The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to a lower court ruling that temporarily blocked the Trump administrations’ effort to end the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. The injunction issued by the lower court allows DACA recipients to apply for renewal, even if their permits lapsed during the Trump administrations announcement he was unwinding the program. The ruling gives Congress more time to come to an immigration solution, as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals continues to consider the case. [The Hill]
Economic Indicators & News
- Sales of new US single family homes fall again in January. Commerce department data indicated new home sales dropped 7.8% in January, to 593,000 units, the lowest seasonally adjusted level since August 2017. Economists polled by Reuters had believed, however, that new home sales would rise last month. The sales fell most dramatically in the Northeast, by 33%. New home sales are typically volatile month to month, but the data do prompt concerns that continued supply restrictions and higher rates with only modest wage growth might cause a slow-down in the housing market. [CNBC]