After the Supreme Court rejected the administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action Program for young immigrants who came to the country as children — also known as Dreamers — President Trump has promised to try again to get away with it.
According to The Hill, the president is expected to reintroduce the documentation necessary to rescind the program that offers protection from deportation to some 700,000 young immigrants in the country.
People familiar with the attempt said the administration will try to expedite the paperwork as soon as possible.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hinted in an interview with Fox News last Monday that the president was preparing executive action on immigration issues, although he did not offer specific details.
The government’s decision coincides with the controversial visit of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (better known as AMLO), whose country is the origin of most Hispanic immigrants in the country.
The Supreme Court argued in its initial decision that the administration did not provide adequate justification for terminating the program as required by federal law and left open the possibility that, under legal statutes, the government has the authority to terminate the program; it need only know how to argue it.
“We have to refile,” Trump told Fox News days after the ruling. “And everything’s going to work out for DACA and the young people, who aren’t so young, if you want to know the truth.”
But the Supreme Court ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, did not compel the Trump administration to file new paperwork against DACA.
“This is not something the Trump administration has to do. The Supreme Court did not tell Trump that he was required, as he says, to refile the paperwork,” said Aaron Reichlin-Melnik, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council.
What is certain is that the government’s new attempt to deny these young people the right to live in the only country they recognize as home will be strongly contested by legal organizations and activists, who led the lawsuit once the government decided to end DACA for the first time in 2017.
“Judge Roberts’ decision made it clear that the Trump administration must at least consider the impact on the 670,000 people who currently have DACA, as well as the impact on their 250,000 U.S. citizen children and families and their employers,” Reichlin-Melnick said.
With information from The Hill.