Supreme Court Blocks Trump From Canceling DACA Program


In a decision issued Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court blocked President Trump from ending DACA because the Trump administration did not give an adequate justification.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion, called the Department of Homeland Security's action in putting an end to the program "arbitrary and capricious." The ruling was 5-4 with the court's four liberal justices agreeing and the four more conservative justices in dissent.

The court stated, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies." "We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients."

Roberts noted that the administration could still move to end DACA legally. However, the political impact of such a decision, given the upcoming election, will likely weigh heavily on the administration’s future actions regarding DACA.

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