Moments ago NY AG Leticia James tweeted:
#BREAKING: The #SCOTUS has ruled in favor of our lawsuit to protect #DACA and has rejected the Trump Administration’s attempts to end this critical program. America is a land of hope and opportunity, and thanks to this decision, it will remain a beacon of light for so many.
America is a land of hope and opportunity, and thanks to this decision, it will remain a beacon of light for so many.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) June 18, 2020
USNews reports The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program in a landmark decision that protects nearly 700,000 immigrants from the risk of deportation to countries they have not lived in since they were children.
In a split 5-4 decision that fell largely along ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump’s administration’s decision to end the program was “arbitrary and capricious” in violation of federal law.
The decision is the result of a yearslong fight over the Trump administration’s decision to end the Obama-era program, which grants legal protections and work authorization to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who often sides with the conservative wing of the court but has long demonstrated a pragmatic streak, wrote the majority opinion and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan, and in part by Justice Sonia Sotomayer.
Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch filed opinions concurring in part and dissenting in part with the court’s ruling.
DACA recipients are largely younger adults that have built lives, careers and families in the U.S. – all of which would be in jeopardy through no fault of their own if the program were abruptly ended, supporters say. President Donald Trump had indicated that DACA recipients would be at risk of deportation should his administration be allowed to dismantle the program.
Ending the program has been a priority for Trump as he has pursued a policy agenda that includes severely limiting both legal and illegal immigration. Democrats – including former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee – staunchly back the program, and many support creating a path to citizenship for recipients. Biden had promised to protect DACA recipients should he be elected.
Status recipients have been anxiously living in limbo since 2017, when the Trump administration announced that it was ending the program. A number of federal courts, however, ruled that the administration did not provide adequate reasoning for shuttering the program. As the case wound its way through the courts, current DACA recipients could renew their status, but the government did not accept new applications.
The program was created in 2012 by the Obama administration by executive action. Under its provisions, young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children and who met a number of qualifications could be protected from deportation for two years and granted work authorizations. They were required to renew their status when it expired. Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security at the time, described the program as an exercise of “prosecutorial discretion.”
Critics of the program say it rewards and encourages illegal immigration and hurts American workers. It has been frequently held up by Trump and other officials as an example of what they see as Obama’s executive overreach.
The Supreme Court was not asked to rule on whether the program was legal but rather whether the Trump administration’s efforts to end it were legal. At issue were two central questions: if the Trump administration’s effort to unravel the protections is reviewable by the court and if the move to terminate the program is “arbitrary and capricious,” or unreasonable, in violation of a federal law that sets standards for agency actions.
The Supreme Court sided with the plaintiffs, who argued that the decision was reviewable by the courts and that the Trump administration’s decision to end the program was in violation of administrative law.
President Trump reacted to the news with a pair of tweets:
These horrible & 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. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!
Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?