The Trump administration’s promise to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was authorized through an executive order by President Barack Obama, has been a central theme in an ongoing effort to reform U.S. immigration laws.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday keeps that program intact for the time being, however — and according to Breitbart, it has presented a major roadblock to the Trump administration in the pursuit of their goal.
While a conservative majority led many pundits to expect a different ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts led a 5–4 majority alongside the court’s liberal wing. Roberts wrote the opinion that keeps in place the protections DACA recipients have received against deportation.
Context about the decision
The ruling, however, does not preclude the Trump administration from trying again. In fact, Roberts made it clear that this decision was merely a reflection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s insufficient case.
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” he wrote, according to Breitbart. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
Roberts clarified that “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.”
Three of the four conservative judges voting against the majority issued a dissenting opinion accusing Roberts of making a decision based on the political climate instead of the law.
“We will be submitting enhanced papers”
In his own dissent, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that the Trump administration acted appropriately and that the DACA program should end.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has signaled that his administration would launch another effort.
The Supreme Court asked us to resubmit on DACA, nothing was lost or won. They “punted”, much like in a football game (where hopefully they would stand for our great American Flag). We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil the Supreme Court’s…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
He also announced in a tweet that he would be announcing a new list of conservative candidates to appoint to any Supreme Court vacancy that could open if he wins re-election.
While DACA protections ostensibly serve the lofty purpose of protecting those who were brought into the country as children and have grown up in the United States, its detractors say it is a method of extending legal status to millions of undocumented adults.