Supreme Court Rules Trump Administration Illegally Ended DACA Program

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The Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was “arbitrary and capricious under the APA.”

The decision was released on June 18, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with liberals in the majority. The ruling effectively rejects the Trump administration’s bid to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, protected under DACA.

Supreme Court justices rejected the Trump administration’s arguments that the DACA program is illegal and that courts cannot play a role in reviewing the government’s decision to end DACA, according to The Associated Press.

When Did DACA Begin?

President Barack Obama signed DACA as an executive decision in 2012 after Congress failed to pass the DREAM (Develop, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act. The bill aimed to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

DACA not only protected Dreamers from being deported, but also allowed them to work legally. This has meant that DACA recipients can get health insurance from their employers, pay for school and, in some states, get driver’s licenses, The New York Times reported.

DACA status is renewable every two years but does not provide a pathway to citizenship.

In September 2017, the Trump administration opted to end the program and stop accepting new applications. According to The Times, immigration lawyers have managed to keep the program partially alive through legal challenges.

How Much Do Americans Support DACA?

DACA has consistently held the wide support of Americans from across party lines. A new CBS News poll revealed that Democrats, Republicans and Independents overwhelmingly support allowing immigrants brought into the U.S. as children to remain in the country. The poll found that 95 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Republicans support DACA.

Overall, 85 percent of Americans polled expressed support for the program.

The poll also asked respondents their opinions on the impact of immigration more broadly. More than half of respondents (55 percent) said that immigrants make American society better. Among those, Republicans' beliefs on immigration is a bit more varied. About a fourth of Republicans (28 percent) say immigrants make the country worse and another 34 percent say immigrants make the U.S. better.

About the Author

Nicole Rojas is a senior writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.