Supreme Court Rules Against Trump's Decision To End DACA Program

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The Supreme Court decision, delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, means the program will stand.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was “arbitrary and capricious” and reviewable by the courts.

  • As a result, “the program that some 650,000 recipients benefit from will stand.”
  • NBC News reported that Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative justice who was joined by the court's four liberals, wrote in the decision:

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. ‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern,’” Roberts wrote.

“We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action,” he added. “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. That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner.”

  • The Dallas Morning News noted that “DACA was created in 2012 under the Obama Administration to shield some unauthorized immigrants from deportation and granted them renewable two-year work permits.”
  • In 2017, Trump shut down the program, “but a series of federal injunctions halted the program’s closure, though it was closed off to new applicants and only those who had already been granted DACA could apply for renewal.”

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