The entire country is celebrating the long-awaited Supreme Court decision on the legality of the Deferred Action Program, better known as DACA.
The nation’s highest court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot end the Obama-era initiative to protect more than 700,000 young immigrants, better known as Dreamers, from deportation.
Again, it was Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. who wrote the majority opinion, joined by the four most liberal members of the court, according to the New York Times.
Eight years after Obama announced the program that protected young immigrants who came to the country as children with their parents, the Supreme Court has decided to maintain protections that include the right to education and a work permit, for a two-year, renewable period.
Although DACA is still not a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, the opinion of Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor sets an important precedent in the Supreme Court’s non-partisan stance, adding to other recent decisions like the one last Monday where the court upheld the protections of the LGBTQ community by the Civil Rights Act.
The ruling emphasizes that the administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify ending the DACA program, as CNN explains.
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern. We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
While this is a great achievement for the entire country, and as CNN continues, the administration may try again to block the program, if it can make a more convincing argument to the Court.
More than 652,800 professionals can now rest from the anguish they have been subjected to by the administration since 2017, many of whom were doctors and health care specialists on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began her weekly press conference celebrating the Court’s decision:
“Good morning, and good morning it is,” Pelosi told reporters. “The DACA decision is something that supports our values as a country.”