U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Trump To Restore Obama Legacy

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Donald Trump has wavered and flip-flopped in his views on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama. Although his administration has worked doggedly to rescind the program, leaving millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children in limbo, but has promised at other times to protect those immigrants while criticizing Democrats for failing to bend to his rules and settle the DACA debate entirely.

The Supreme Court, however, did not waver in its views during a court battle over whether the Trump administration can rescind DACA using the methods they have attempted to use. Jeff Sessions ended DACA protections in April 2017 and the battle has played out ever since.

Axios reports that:

‘A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) be restored to its full status, following the Supreme Court’s decision that the Trump administration violated federal law when it ended the program…Friday’s decision would force the Trump administration to accept new DACA applications. However, the administration still has legal authority to try to end the program again.’

The issue at hand was not whether or not Trump can end DACA. The nature of the program makes it susceptible to being ended by a president who does not support it. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s methods of handling ending the program cannot stand.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that:

‘The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.’

The SCOTUS made a similar decision earlier in the year about whether or not a stay could be granted on applications for new participants while the decision was under review, saying that the stay could not be granted. Regardless, the Trump administration has actively denied new applicants. The SCOTUS ruling on Friday reasserted the court’s earlier opinion.

The ruling of the court stated that:

‘The court adjudges and declares that the DACA decision and actions taken by defendants to rescind the DACA policy are arbitrary and capricious.’

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