In one of the most anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court ruled against efforts by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.
In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Trump administration’s actions in rescinding the program were “arbitrary and capricious.”
Last November, the court examined three separate appellate court rulings that blocked President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order to end DACA, a program that started in 2012 by executive order under the Obama administration and which has enabled about 700,000 qualifying young people, described as ‘Dreamers’, to work, go to college, get health insurance, a driver’s licence and not face deportation. These young adults were brought to the US as children by their parents without legal documentation.
“We welcome the US Supreme Court’s decision noting that the Trump administration did not follow proper administrative procedures required to repeal the DACA program,” said a statement by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration.
“To DACA youth…you are a vital part of our Church and our community of faith. We are with you.”
Picture: DACA demonstrators hold signs outside the US Supreme Court in Washington on 12th November 2019. In a 5-4 decision on 18th June 2020, the Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump’s executive order to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections and work authorisation to immigrants brought to the US as children by their parents without legal documents. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters).