The Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a major defeat Thursday, blocking his 2017 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, overturns Trump’s decision to cancel the program on the grounds he gave at the time.
The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind DACA is reviewable and that the “DHS’s decision to rescind DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the” Administrative Procedures Act, Roberts wrote.
Roberts said there’s no question President Trump has the power to end DACA but the issue was how he did it — the reasons he gave and the process he failed to follow.
“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.”
He says Trump and DHS did not adequately consider the impact on the DACA recipients themselves and the potential hardships for the some 700,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children by their parents.
DACA recipients outside the court were jubilant on hearing the news.
Apparently in response to the ruling, the president tweeted: “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”