US Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Bid to End ‘Dreamers’ Immigrant Program

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers,” who entered the United States illegally as children.

The justices on a 5-4 vote upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful.

Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals in finding that the administrations actions were “arbitrary and capricious” under a federal law called the Administrative Procedure Act.

The ruling means that the roughly 649,000 immigrants, mostly young Hispanic adults born in Mexico and other Latin American countries, currently enrolled in DACA will remain protected from deportation and eligible to obtain renewable two-year work permits.

The ruling does not prevent Trump from trying again to end the program. But his administration is unlikely to be able to end DACA before the Nov. 3 election in which Trump is seeking a second four-year term in office.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Andrew Chung and Jan Wolfe; Editing by Will Dunham)


  1. As children they did not choose to come but please explain to me why is it that as adults these same children should not have to apply for citizenship?

    I am willing to concede that I do not know of all the issues that affect “dreamers” but I know more than a handful who are in their mid twenties, married with children who barely speak English (by choice) and can’t fathom why some people are resentful of them.

    1. I would imagine fear plays a major role in why they haven’t applied for citizenship. Especially with the rhetoric around it the last several years.

      If the kids don’t speak english, are the parents homeschooling them? I have a friend who speaks spanish exclusively at home with his children and was raised the same way. English is picked up easily outside of the home. It’s a family of doctors – I’m not saying that is the case for those you know, but not uncommon.

      1. I should have been clearer in my wording. The Dreamers arrived as children, were educated in US public schools and rarely speak English in public, preferring instead to self isolate in NYC’s famed “Barrio”. Their children all speak English and even at home they speak Spanglish.
        The families I know are all filled with hardworking trades people who are credits to America and I just cannot fathom why they haven’t moved forward to citizenship and seem somewhat resistant to the idea even.

        1. Ah, got it. I misunderstood.

          So what if they applied and were denied? Even with the ruling today they aren’t safe from future deportation.

          I’m not saying its right, but i understand the fear.

    2. I’ve generally admired immigrants. They remind us what’s great about this country.

    3. So now your anecdotal ecidence should be applied across the board? You know better than that.

      About 27,000 DACA participants are on the pandemic frontlines alone serving as nurses, doctors and other professionals.

      1. Of course not.

        Seriously though, if you’ve gone through all that schooling, take the time to fill out some damn forms.

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