The Supreme Court just ruled that Trump's administration can’t shut down DACA. The ruling was 5-4, with the court's four liberal justices agreeing and the four more conservative justices in dissent. By now, the administration may not proceed with its plan to end the program protecting about 700,000 young immigrants known as Dreamers from deportation.

 

Associate professor of public policy, Ann Lin, has extensive knowledge of immigration policies and reform and shared these insights.

 

"The Supreme Court was able to save DACA - if only temporarily - because the Trump Administration's DOJ and DHS were so eager to end the program that they cut corners to do so.  In its decision the Court reiterates an important principle:  what politicians condemn as "red tape" and "burdensome administrative procedure" has an important democratic purpose.  When governments act instead in "arbitrary and capricious" ways, the people have been cheated by their government and the courts have an obligation to stop them.  We do not elect kings who can do whatever they want as long as they haven't removed by an election.  The law is higher than the president."

 

"The hundreds of thousands of young people who today can continue to work and live in the United States can draw a breath of relief today.  But then we immediately must get to work to keep them safe. The Supreme Court's decision gives opponents a set of instructions on how to end DACA legally. The only way to keep that blueprint from being used is for Congress to make DACA the law of the land."


 

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