Twitter celebration continues as the Supreme Court DACA decision hands Trump another big loss

  • 06/19/2020 9:14 am ET Sabrina Matthews
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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.

Sonya Sotomayor

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The four votes in the majority joining Chief Justice Roberts were Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.

Justice Sotomayor, however, was the only SCOTUS member who included the ample evidence of Trump’s racial animus against Latinos in her reason for rejecting the administration’s argument against DACA. Mother Jones covers Sonya Sotomayor’s opinion in more depth, including the Justice’s comments regarding Trump’s racist comments.

“Taken together, ‘the words of the President’ help to ‘create the strong perception’ that the rescission decision was ‘contaminated by impermissible discriminatory animus.'”

Dreamers have made the U.S. a better place

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Dreamers, those children who were brought to the U.S. when their parents immigrated illegally, are not a group to be pitied, but one to be admired.

Dreamers have served this country in more ways than the president who tried to kick them out. The Supreme Court decision not to rescind DACA gives them a chance to keep making America truly great. As the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote, “Ending DACA would be a nightmare for Dreamers. A nightmare for businesses. A nightmare for America’s economy.”

Dreamers are on the front lines in the fight against the novel coronavirus

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Trump tells his followers that people crossing into the U.S. from the southern border are, “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

But the fact of the matter is that beneficiaries of DACA are more likely to be saving your life.

Leading up to the Supreme Court decision, #AllofUS put out a graphic showing just how essential Dreamers are.

The fight isn’t over

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SCOTUS’s decision is a blow to Trump’s immigration policies, but it is not the last word. It is unlikely that Trump will try to bring the issue of DACA back to the Supreme Court in an election year, but anything is possible if he thinks it will rile up the frothy hatred of his followers.

Dreamers and those who support them cannot rest.

What’s the answer? VOTE!

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This November, voters have a chance to choose a president — and a congress — that will put this question to bed once and for all.

Supreme Court Justices are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Trump has had two SCOTUS picks, but one of them was stolen from Obama by Kentucky Republican “Moscow Mitch” McConnell when he blocked Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, from even being discussed on the Senate floor.

Trump is already promising to attack DACA again

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The president has already tweeted about his latest loss in the Supreme Court and his plan to “start this process all over again.” While Trump may want to “open America” to infection from the coronavirus, his reaction to the SCOTUS decision shows he wants to close it to people he doesn’t like.

The president labeled this week’s SCOTUS rulings “politically charged,” which is Trump shorthand for decisions he does not like. Twitter users decided to ad insult to his injury:

Stephen Miller is still whispering in Trump’s ear

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Former Jeff Sessions aide Stephen Miller will likely be spurred on by the Supreme Court decision. Miller has a history of feeding white nationalist rhetoric to the president — and anyone else who will listen — and he is still in the Trump orbit, so Miller will continue to influence the president.

Watch for the backlash: Trump cronies are grasping at straws

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Jim Jordan seems to be throwing spitballs at the wall hoping something sticks. In objecting to the Supreme Court decision on DACA, he suggests that gun rights are on the table, but SCOTUS declined to hear ALL of the gun rights appeals that were brought before the justices.

But then again, Jim Jordan seems pretty comfortable bending the truth in support of sex offenders like Donald Trump.

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