On Thursday, June 18th the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 ruling that President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era program that protects nearly 650,000 recipients known as “dreamers” from deportation.
This news comes after two years of the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program. Writing in the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that the Trump administration did not follow procedures required by law, and did not properly weigh how the ending of DACA would affect those who had relied on the program for protection against deportation, as well as the ability to legally work in the United States.
He additionally wrote that the court did not “decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies.” He continued: “We address only whether the Department of Homeland Security complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients. That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised the discretion in a reasonable manner.”
Chief Justice Roberts joined Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan in the majority vote.