President Trump can’t end DACA program as the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the program which protects about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation can’t be ended just like that.
The Supreme Court’s ruling came as a blow to one of Trump’s central campaign promises for reelection which says that as president when reelected he would “immediately terminate” executive order by former President Barack Obama, which Mr. Trump described as an illegal executive amnesty for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court’s four more liberal members in upholding the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action,” the chief justice wrote.
Mr. Trump had announced in September 2017 that he would end the program after saying that creating or maintaining the program was beyond the legal power of any president.
Chief Justice Roberts said that the reason the president gave to end the program wasn’t sufficient while adding that the Trump administration could try again to provide a better reason for ending the program.
The court ruling
“In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, the court ruled, 5-4, that the Trump administration could not immediately shut down DACA, a program that shields about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation and allows them to work.”
In a dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel A. Alito and Neil M. Gorsuch, said the majority had been swayed by sympathy and politics.
“Today’s decision must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision. The court could have made clear that the solution respondents seek must come from the legislative branch” Justice Thomas wrote.
“In doing so. It has given the green light for future political battles to be fought in this court rather than where they rightfully belong — the political branches,” he added.
Mr. Trump didn’t waste time to fight the ruling on Twitter.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020