Court says young im­mi­grants can stay, re­ject­ing Trump or­der

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIO­NAL -

THE SUPREME Court on Thurs­day re­jected Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ef­fort to end le­gal pro­tec­tions for 650,000 young im­mi­grants, the sec­ond stun­ning elec­tion-sea­son re­buke from the court in a week af­ter its rul­ing that it’s il­le­gal to fire peo­ple be­cause they’re gay or trans­gen­der.

Im­mi­grants who are part of the eight-year-old De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals Pro­gram will re­tain their pro­tec­tion from de­por­ta­tion and their au­tho­ri­sa­tion to work in the United States — safe al­most cer­tainly at least through the Novem­ber elec­tion, im­mi­gra­tion ex­perts said.

The five-four out­come, in which Chief Jus­tice John Roberts and the four lib­eral jus­tices were in the ma­jor­ity, seems cer­tain to el­e­vate the is­sue in Trump’s cam­paign, given the anti-im­mi­grant rhetoric of his first pres­i­den­tial run in 2016 and im­mi­gra­tion re­stric­tions his ad­min­is­tra­tion has im­posed since then.

The jus­tices said the ad­min­is­tra­tion did not take the proper steps to end DACA, re­ject­ing ar­gu­ments that the pro­gramme is il­le­gal and that courts have no role to play in re­view­ing the de­ci­sion to end it. The pro­gramme cov­ers peo­ple who have been in the United States since they were chil­dren and are in the coun­try il­le­gally. In some cases, they have no mem­ory of any home other than the US.

Trump didn’t hold back in his as­sess­ment of the court’s work, hit­ting hard at a po­lit­i­cal an­gle.

“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!” he wrote on Twit­ter, ap­par­ently in­clud­ing the LGBT rul­ing as well.

In a sec­ond tweet, he wrote, “Do you get the im­pres­sion that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”

AP

Iva­nia Castillo from Prince William County, Vir­ginia, holds a ban­ner to show her sup­port for dreamer Miriam from Cal­i­for­nia as she joins De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals re­cip­i­ents cel­e­brate in front of the US Supreme Court af­ter the Supreme Court re­jected Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s bid to end le­gal pro­tec­tions for young im­mi­grants, yes­ter­day, in Wash­ing­ton.

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