by | Jun 18, 2020 | News & Events

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, The Supreme Court ruled against President Donald Trump in a group of cases after he set out to end DACA in 2017, to end the Obama-era immigration program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program must be allowed to continue, allowing DREAMERS to obtain protection from deportation under the act. It is recommended at this time to begin preparing to apply for DACA. Contact our immigration attorney for more information.

The opinion was crafted by Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, and joined by the court’s four liberals.  Roberts reasoned that the Trump administration’s termination of the program was “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of federal law that governs administrative procedure. 

The program shields certain young immigrants from deportation and allows them to receive work permits. Should you have any questions on how to qualify for the program, contact an immigration attorney.  

DACA, and the young immigrants it shields known as “Dreamers,” are broadly popular among the public due to their circumstances. And the fact that the United States is the only home they know. Additionally, Trump has shied away from arguing against the program as a matter of policy. 

It is important to note that among registered voters overall, more than 75% said DACA recipients should be allowed to remain in the United States. A Politico/Morning Consult survey conducted earlier this month showed that a majority of those who voted for Trump in 2016 supported protecting Dreamers from deportation.

Rather than challenge the program on policy grounds, Trump and attorneys for his administration chose the strategy that that former President Barack Obama lacked the legal authority to implement the program in the first place. 

On several occasions, Trump has floated the idea that he would seek a deal with Democrats on the immigration program if the Supreme Court allowed him to terminate it. 
“Rest assured that if the SC does what all say it must, based on the law, a bipartisan deal will be made to the benefit of all,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter last year, referring to the Supreme Court. However, the Supreme Court did not seem to consider that or was not willing to take that route.

The administration’s argument that Obama lacked the authority to implement DACA did not hold up in lower courts. Trump’s efforts to halt the program were stopped by courts in New York, Washington, D.C., and California. Now, finally, after a three-year battle, the DREAMERS can get take a breath of fresh air.

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