In a 5 to 4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to bring an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Introduced by President Obama in 2012, the program allows undocumented children, known as Dreamers, brought to the United States by their parents to avoid deportation and remain in this country if they met certain qualifications.
The majority opinion, authored by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, stated that while the Trump administration has the right to end DACA, it did not first adequately consider the implications of ending the program, nor did it not provide a sufficient explanation of its alleged illegality.
Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann partner Andrés Correa studied in this country as an immigrant on an international student visa. Under the Texas Dream Act, he became eligible to pay in-state tuition and ultimately received a full scholarship to complete his studies.
“The ruling is highly procedural, giving only temporary relief to DACA beneficiaries,” said Mr. Correa. “But it is momentous nonetheless, both because it directly impacts the lives of, and opportunities available to, so many hard-working young immigrants in the United States today, and also because it held the Trump administration accountable for the arbitrary and capricious manner in which is rescinded DACA.
“It is now up to the political branches of the national government to give a permanent fix to the Dreamers who so desperately need relief.”
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