DACA recipients have been anxiously waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether it would allow President Trump to end the Obama-era program and the verdict is finally in. On Thursday, the Supreme Court decided to block the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), “a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation” [Source: CNN]. The source cited that the 5-4 ruling was written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor.
What persuaded the Supreme Court to rule against the Trump Administration?
According to the ruling, the “administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify ending the DACA program.” In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies.” He added, “The wisdom’ of those decisions is none of our concern. We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
What happens now?
Because the Supreme Court did not allow the Trump administration to proceed on with ending the DACA program, DACA recipients are allowed to renew their membership in the program. After the ruling was made, CNN says that President Trump retweeted a tweet that featured Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissent which read: “The decision is an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.” While “Dreamers [can] breathe a temporary sigh of relief,” according to Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr of Cornell Law School, the ruling doesn’t prevent Trump’s administration from making a second attempt to end the program.
CNN says that the Trump administration could “try to rescind the program, but [would] have to provide a better explanation grounded in policy for its reason for termination.” Yale-Loehr seconded this notion by saying “The Trump administration may try to terminate the DACA program with a better justification, but that will take months or years.” Yale-Loehr said that “in the meantime, Congress should enact permanent relief for Dreamers to end this drama once and for all.”
Are you a DACA recipient living in Atlanta, GA?
If you are a DACA recipient and need help submitting your renewal or you have another immigration-related matter that needs attention, the Atlanta, GA immigration attorneys at Kuck | Baxter Immigration are ready to serve you. Anytime an individual is submitting a renewal or even a new application to USCIS, it is important for them to have an Atlanta, GA immigration lawyer review it to ensure it is free from any errors.
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