Thursday, June 18, 2020

Supreme Court rules against Trump order ending DACA

"The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration may not immediately proceed with its plan to end a program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation," Adam Liptak and Michael Shear report for The New York Times. "The court’s ruling was a blow to one of President Trump’s central campaign promises — that as president he would “immediately terminate” an executive order by former President Barack Obama that Trump had called an illegal executive amnesty for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants."

The decision on the Obama-era policy of Deferred Action for Child Arrivals has rural repercussions, since undocumented workers frequently work in rural meatpacking plants and on farms.

The 5-to-4 opinion said the court wasn't trying decide whether the program is a sound policy, but whether Trump's executive order included a "reasoned explanation" as required by law.

"After contentious debates among his aides, Trump announced in September 2017 that he would wind down the program. He gave only a single reason for doing so, saying that creating or maintaining the program was beyond the legal power of any president," Liptak and Shear report. "But the justifications the government gave, Chief Justice [John] Roberts wrote, were insufficient. He said the administration may try again to provide adequate reasons for shutting down the program."

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