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US Supreme Court Issues Decision Upholding DACA | Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

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US President Donald Trump using a mobile phone during a roundtable discussion on the reopening of small businesses in the White House in Washington DC

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump Administration can not proceed with its plans to roll back the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed 800,000 "Dreamers" facing deportation to remain in the United States. "We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action", conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote.

"These disgusting & 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".

Trump also tweeted his intention to "start this process all over again", suggesting that his Administration would make yet another attempt to end the policy.

Thursday's decision affects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants, some of whom were working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic as they awaited this decision.

The ruling means that the roughly 649,000 immigrants now enrolled in DACA - who are mostly young Hispanic adults born in Mexico and other Latin American countries, and are often referred to as "Dreamers" - will remain protected from deportation. "Based on the decision the Dems can't make DACA citizens".

Anti-immigration groups, meanwhile, railed against the ruling.

Juana Guzman of Texas, 28, said: "It's a very needed win and this is giving us the fuel we needed to continue moving forward and to keep fighting for the rest of our families and the community that does not have Daca".

While Republicans protested that now, if ever, was the time for Congress to clarify the immigration system, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear that Democrats were done with their legislation before the summer break and had little interest in meeting GOP demands to fund Trump's long-promised border wall as part of any comprehensive immigration overhaul.

In his ruling, Roberts said the administration did not follow procedures required by law and did not properly weigh how ending the program would affect those who had come to rely on its protections against deportation and in favor of the ability to work legally.

A 2012 executive order, created by former President Obama, shields these so-called "Dreamers" from deportation, and provides work and study permits.

Pelosi was reminded that Trump has said he wants immigration reform.

DACA is open to those who entered the US before the age of 16 and were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 - the day the program was created.

"As President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law", Trump said.

It's unlikely the Trump administration will take new applications without being forced by the courts.

While the Trump team waged a lengthy court battle to have its Daca order upheld, there may be a few sighs of relief from the president's campaign over this ruling. Right now it'd be a death-defying act in the Senate, but we ought to try.

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