The US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump White House from ending the Obama-era program that shields nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants — dubbed “Dreamers” — from being deported, a major blow to President Trump’s immigration policy.
The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld lower court rulings that found Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by President Barack Obama in 2012 was unlawful.
The justices said the Trump administration failed to give adequate justification for terminating the program that protects Dreamers — most of whom who entered the U.S. illegally as children more than a decade ago.
The ruling keeps the program intact.
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,“ he wrote. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.”
Former President Obama celebrated the ruling, tweeting: “Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us.”
“We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals and now to stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and elect Joe Biden and a Democratic Congress that does its job, protects DREAMers, and finally creates a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all,” he added.
…and now to stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and elect @JoeBiden and a Democratic Congress that does its job, protects DREAMers, and finally creates a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 18, 2020