Court says young immigrants can stay, rejecting Trump order
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?”
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.