THE NEUTRAL ZONE
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, or DREAMers, received the news they have been praying for – the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration cannot end the program without following the Administrative Procedure Act.
In the opinion of the court, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “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.” DACA has survived this round, but could still be ended in the future.
The case has been in the court system since Trump tried to dismantle the program in Sept. 2017, beginning with a call to Congress to act. “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” President Trump said at the time. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the administration’s appeal after several lower courts had ruled Trump’s move unconstitutional last June.
Barack Obama implemented the DACA program as an executive order in 2012 to allow children who were brought to the U.S. by their parents to apply for a reprieve from deportation and allow them to attend college in the U.S., among other benefits typically afforded to citizens only.
‘Sigh Of Relief’ Or ‘Slippery Slope’: Advocates and Opponents React To DACA Ruling – NPR.org – 6/18/2020
“The court’s decision permits the Trump administration to make a second attempt to end DACA protections using proper administrative procedures. That means DACA recipients will continue to be in limbo until a permanent legislative solution is reached.
“Over the moon!”: DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court decision – NBC News – 6/18/2020
“DACA is inarguably one of the most successful policies of immigrant integration of the last three decades,” says Harvard University professor Roberto Gonzales, who documented the lives of 1,500 DACA recipients in his book, “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America.” “It has provided hundreds of thousands of young people the ability to work legally, obtain driver’s licenses, establish credit,” said Gonzales. For example, said Gonzalez, there are now 50,000 DACA beneficiaries in health-related fields and 20,000 teaching children in classrooms around the country.
Justice Thomas Slams Colleagues in DACA Ruling Dissent – Newsmax – 6/18/2020
Thomas blasted his colleagues for giving the “green light for future political battles to be fought in this Court rather than where they rightfully belong — the political branches.”
Tim Cook on Twitter, 6/18/2020: The 478 Dreamers at Apple are members of our collective family. With creativity and passion, they’ve made us a stronger, more innovative American company. We’re glad for today’s decision and will keep fighting until DACA’s protections are permanent.
Ilya Shapiro on Twitter, 6/18/2020: The DACA decision is a recipe for ever‐expanding federal and executive power, to the detriment of our constitutional system of government. #CatoSCOTUS
Barack Obama on Twitter, 6/18/2020: Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals…
Benjamin Weingarten on Twitter, 6/18/2020: “DHS created DACA during the Obama administration without any statutory authorization and without going through the requisite rulemaking process. As a result, the program was unlawful from its inception.” – Justice Thomas. That should’ve been the end of it
IRC – International Rescue Committee on Twitter, 6/18/2020: But a permanent solution is needed. “Although DACA continues today, the program is still in jeopardy. A permanent solution is needed to ensure security and stability for the more than 825,000 DACA recipients and millions of undocumented immigrants who call this country home.”