A huge victory, at least temporarily, for the immigrants known as Dreamers. The Wall Street Journal writes, “The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s decision to cancel a program that provided legal protections and work authorizations to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.” Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal justices in a judgment that says:
The termination was challenged by affected individuals and third
parties who alleged, among other things, that the Acting
Secretary had violated the Administrative Procedure Act
(APA) by failing to adequately address important factors
bearing on her decision. For the reasons that follow, we
conclude that the Acting Secretary did violate the APA, and
that the rescission must be vacated.
The decision affects nearly 650,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children, often called Dreamers, and are currently able to remain here under the Obama-era program. DACA has been life-changing for these undocumented immigrants, removing the looming threat of deportation and allowing them to work legally under permits that must be renewed every two years. But President Donald Trump, along with Republican allies, argued that President Barack Obama had overstepped his authority in creating DACA, and Trump announced plans in 2017 to end the program.
Very striking that Chief Justice Roberts writes an opinion finding Trump cabinet acted illegally, just as he did last year in the census case.
And Trump took today’s decision very personal.
Trump’s predecessor had a different reaction.