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Supreme Court rejects Donald Trump over 'Dreamers' immigrants

Donald Trump's effort to end a scheme protecting young illegal immigrants from deportation suffered a setback after the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The White House had moved to end the living and working rights of 800,000 people brought to the United States as children, but that measure had been blocked by the lower courts.

The administration attempted to bypass further debate in the lower courts by  urging the Supreme Court to step in and end the deadlock over the status of the so-called "Dreamers".

But the highest court declined, further throwing into confusion an already complex debate over reforms to the US immigration system.

The Dreamers are currently protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.

The latest legal decision means the case will now have to work its way fully through the lower courts before any eventual Supreme Court ruling is possible.

White House officials re-iterated their position that DACA was "clearly unlawful".

A spokesman said the lower courts that have so far preserved it were "usurping legislative authority".

Democrats welcomed the Supreme Court's decision but said a full resolution was still needed.

Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat senator, said: "Today's decision puts a little more time on the clock (for the Dreamers) but fails to solve the underlying problem and in no way diminishes the urgency of Congress taking immediate action."

Mr Trump said: "You know, we tried to get it moved quickly because we'd like to help DACA. I think everybody wants to help with DACA.

"But the Supreme Court just ruled that it has to go through the normal channels. We'll see what happens."

Supporters of DACA said the decision was a significant, if only temporary, victory.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a prominent DACA supporter, said: "It's a victory for all Dreamers, certainly a great victory for California. It's a victory for the rule of law and it's a victory for our economy." by nick allen  from the telegraph