In a victory for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 ruling that stops the Trump administration from ending DACA — at least for now. It is important to note that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) did not actually decide the fate of the DACA program itself, but rather ruled on the process the Trump administration had tried to use to end it.
In 2017, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions tried to put a stop to the program by claiming it had been started illegally. NBC News reports on the SCOTUS ruling that the Trump administration “had broken the laws governing federal agencies when he ended DACA.”
“Arbitrary and capricious.”
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, referring to Trump’s attempt to rescind DACA as “arbitrary and capricious.” Roberts put a fine point on the way the Trump administration went about it and made it clear that the ruling did not say it was unconstitutional for Trump to end the DACA program if he could do it correctly.
“The appropriate recourse is, therefore, to remand to [the Department of Homeland Security] so that it may reconsider the problem anew.”
But with just over four months until the election, it seems unlikely that a president would try to bring another case. So, for the time being, Twitter celebrates this blow to Trump’s attack on immigrants. Beneficiaries of the DACA program, known as “Dreamers,” can breathe a sigh of relief.
VICTORY 🎉 The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration’s termination of #DACA was ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS. Hundreds of thousands of immigrant young people can continue to live and work, and contribute to their communities in the U.S. #HomeIsHere #HeretoStay https://t.co/5Bd2SOpEvZ
— National Immigration Law Center (@NILC) June 18, 2020