Today the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program alive, despite the Trump administration’s plan to shut it down.
Chief Justice John Roberts explained the decision was made because the administration’s request to shut down the program did not give good reasons for it. Votes protecting DACA came from Chief Justice Roberts, as well as Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor.
The opposing votes came from conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, who claimed that this decision only transfers the issue back to the government and that it will create “political battles.”
This Supreme Court decision ends two years of uncertainty for over 800,000 Dreamers, who no longer need to fear deportation due to the government’s attempts to end the program.
President Trump tweeted to express his dissatisfaction and even hinted at plans to replace judges with more Conservative candidates.
Republican figures have expressed their joy at this ruling, with former President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Joe Biden publishing messages of congratulation and sharing their plans and hopes for DACA to be implemented even more permanently in the future.
Many business leaders have also publicly expressed their joy at the Court’s decision, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. Over 100 business groups, which included Apple and Microsoft, had supported DACA in the past.
Our head attorney Michael Brooks Jimenez celebrated the news with a Facebook live video, in which he mentioned this is the best birthday present he could have hoped for (his birthday is tomorrow.) He also answered questions live. Watch the video to see if your questions were among those answered, or leave a comment with your questions so Michael can address them in a future video or blog post.
And now, let’s all celebrate!