Like every other sphere of American life, the US Supreme court has been deeply polarized. In another landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled down policy by the Trump administration which would have made 650,000 DACA recipients, or Dreamers, in the USA homeless.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Barack Obama introduced the program in 2012.
According to The New York Times, DACA is –
“as a stopgap measure to shield from deportation people who were brought into the United States as children and did not have citizenship or legal residency status. The protection lasts for two years at a time, and is renewable. The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship.”
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The court ruled with a 5-4 verdict which showcased the deep divisions. The court’s four liberal justices agreed with the judgment while the four conservative ones dissented. Chief Justice Justin Roberts supported the liberal bench leading to a setback for the Trump administration.
This makes it the second major ruling which has disappointed the United States government. A ruling recently had made it illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ workers. This further makes it difficult for the conservative ruling classes.
WHAT DOES THE JUDGMENT SAY?
The judgment highlighted the technical flaws in the decision. That’s why it decided to make the ruling null and void.
“We do not decide whether DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts said. “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.”
This is a very important decision. One of the key poll planks of Donald Trump is his concerted stand against illegal immigration. If the court doesn’t support his decisions then his promises will seem just like empty claims to his supporter groups.