UPDATED 12:28 AM PT – Monday, October 7, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court has begun its new term, and is already preparing to take on several high profile cases. Judges began arguments on two cases Monday.
The first case being Ramos v. Louisiana, which challenges all criminal convictions that were reached by a non-unanimous jury. As for the second case, Kahler v. Kansas challenges a state law to abolish the insanity defense in criminal cases.
This term has been highly anticipated as judges are expected to also address many mainstream issues.
The Supreme Court is set to decide whether LGBT workers are covered under basic discriminatory laws. According to Title Seven of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, workers are protected from discrimination on the base of race, religion or sex, but lower courts remain torn over the law and whether the “sex” category also includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
Another anticipated ruling is the case against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. This Obama-era legislation, also known as DACA, allows illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as children to stay in the U.S. The Trump administration attempted to end the program back in 2017, but efforts were blocked by federal courts.
“I’m gonna deal with DACA with heart,” said President Trump. “I have to deal with a lot of politicians, don’t forget, and I have to convince them that what I’m saying is right and I appreciate your understanding on that.”
The administration later urged the Supreme Court to reconsider his proposal, bringing it back for debate this term.