U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump administration's bid to end DACA
Jun 19 2020
"I feel blessed for the professional opportunities and goals I have been able to achieve, thanks to DACA", said Liz Cortez, a legal assistant and DACA recipient from Maui.
He wrote: "These terrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives".
On Thursday, the justices voted 5-4 to uphold the lower courts' findings that the administration's order violated the Administrative Procedure Act, which says a government action can not make policy that is "arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law" or "unsupported by substantial evidence".
This is a detail the Center for American Progress and other advocates have pointed to for months as the Supreme Court's decision loomed, warning that a court ruling a could put thousands of health care workers on the front lines at risk for deportation during a pandemic. That mirror's the court's conclusion in a decision past year blocking the Trump administration's efforts to include a citizenship question on the decennial U.S. census.
Mr Obama ordered the programs due to Congress's inability to pass the so-called Dream Act, which would have created a law offering essentially permanent residency to millions of immigrants long settled in the country, families with homes, businesses and professions.
"These last few weeks have been draining, I considered moving to Canada", she said.
While we waited for the Supreme Court's DACA ruling, and the likelihood that the court's five conservative justices would side with the White House, the stage appeared to be set for an important election-year showdown.
USCIS deputy director for policy Joseph Edlow said in a statement that the court's opinion "has no basis in law and merely delays the president's lawful ability to end the illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program".
Today's ruling may be only a temporary reprieve for the almost 650,000 young undocumented immigrants protected by DACA.
Barack Obama announced DACA protections for Dreamers shortly after the 2014 midterms, and the program worked exactly as intended - right up until Donald Trump was elected.
Justice John Roberts, who wrote the decision, said the administration did not properly weigh the way in which an end of the program would impact those relying on its deportation protections and work eligibility.
"There isn't anybody in the immigration community that wants us to trade a wall for immigration", she said.
According to the latest available data from US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the average age of DACA recipients is 26 years old. This followed related comments in which he said Dreamers "have to go".