The Supreme Court case therefore could not have had any effect upon the now-repealed regulations themselves, but aimed rather to challenge the FCC's authority to pass such regulations at all.
The "DACA" program - formally, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - was created by the Obama Administration, and has spared almost 700,000 immigrant youths from being sent back to countries from which they came as children with their parents.
"It is assumed that the Court of Appeals will proceed expeditiously to decide this case", the Supreme Court's February order read.
Requests like this-for the Court to review a matter before the appellate courts have issued their own rulings-are rarely granted, but that hasn't stopped Francisco from filing such requests on more than one occasion.
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The appeal was unusual in that the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules have already been repealed under the current administration, following a Commission vote last December in which members voted 3-2 along party lines.
That is the lead case that the Administration appealed to the Justices on Monday.
In October, the Justice Department filed notice it would seek the Supreme Court's intervention if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals didn't issue a verdict on challenges against the program by Oct. 31. Sensing that those efforts might succeed, Texas and seven other states filed a separate lawsuit in hopes of having the program declared illegal. They give internet service providers greater power to regulate the content that customers access, are now the subject of a separate legal fight after being challenged by numerous groups that backed net neutrality. In January, Alsup put the phase-out of the program on hold, saying it would be devastating to the 700,000 affected immigrants. The Trump administration is seeking to convince the Supreme Court to consolodate those cases because they make the same substantive objections to the planned DACA recession, and toss them all out on the merits. The first is whether the Trump administration's decision to end DACA is something that courts can review at all, or whether it is instead the kind of decision left to administrative agencies.
Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have taken up the case and vacated the lower court ruling as moot, presumably because of the Trump administration changes.
Lyle Denniston has been writing about the Supreme Court since 1958.