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Supreme Court rules Trump Admin. cannot end DACA in huge win for DREAMers nationwide

The Supreme Court has ruled that DACA recipients can continue to live and work in the United States without daily fear of deportation.


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Today, June 18, the Supreme Court ruled President Trump’s effort to wind down DACA unconstitutional.

After years of living in limbo, over 700,000 DACA recipients can finally have peace of mind.

Today’s ruling against the Trump administration’s attempt to eliminate DACA now puts an end to the years-long battle.

In 2012, under former President Barack Obama,, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. 

It allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children to apply for a two-year forbearance of removal. 

Those granted such relief are also eligible to work and for various federal benefits. 

Five years later under the Trump administration, the Attorney General advised DHS to rescind DACA, based on his conclusion that it was unlawful and so ensued the years-long court battle that ended on June 18.

The opinion of the Court was authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the court’s four liberal judges, finalizing the 5-4 decision. 

Roberts reasoned that the Trump administration’s termination of the program was in violation of federal law that governs administrative procedure, therefore making it unconstitutional. 

“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,” wrote Roberts.

“The majority rightly holds that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Administrative Procedure Act in rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” Associate Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor also wrote in the decision.

The fight is not over

Now that DACA is here to stay, politicians say the next step is for Congress to sign a comprehensive immigration solution that will further protect DREAMers.

Julian Castro took to Twitter immediately after the ruling, saying DREAMers now, “deserve an immediate and permanent solution from Congress.”

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren shared the same ideals, saying that the decision to keep DACA is the first step towards further protective action. 

“The fight is far from over,” Warren tweeted. Urging the next step is a path to citizenship.

Yes, the ruling is a major defeat to the Trump Administration. Under DACA’s protection, young immigrants are given partial legal status, but there is not yet legislation offered to become full citizens. 

A historic day, indeed,  but also a doorway for continued change.


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