Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling declaring unlawful the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, more commonly known as DACA. This decision provides a small degree of relief for DACA recipients around the country, and their families, who have been in limbo since the president tried to rescind the DACA program in 2017.
Since DACA’s inception in 2012, hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children have received permission to legally live, study, and work in the U.S. through the program.
But DACA recipients and those who are DACA eligible are not yet in the clear.
Today’s decision that the Trump administration did not follow the proper legal procedures to end the DACA program back in 2017 is certainly good news in that it allows the program to continue at the moment. However, it is important to note that the administration does have the authority to rescind DACA, though doing so would likely take some time. Immediate response to the Supreme Court decision suggests it would be difficult for the administration to properly end the program before the election in November.
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