Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle an Obama-era program that has protected over 700,000 young individuals from deportation. The vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the opinion.
What is DACA?
Under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DACA), individuals brought to the United States as children were given temporary legal status if they graduated from high school or were honorably discharged from the military, and if they passed a background check. This program has allowed thousands of young undocumented people, known as Dreamers, to live and work legally in the United States without fear of deportation.
What did the Supreme Court decide?
President Trump and his administration had taken action to rescind the program, only to be blocked by lower courts — and now the Supreme Court. According to Justice Roberts, the administration can indeed rescind the program; however, the court ruled they would have to do so legally. The problem for this administration was that it violated the law and did not provide detailed justifications for terminating the program. To read the decision in its entirety, click here.
What do I need to know?
While the decision gives DACA and its recipients a moment of reprieve, the issue is far from settled. Here are several important things to know:
- The is still NO permanent status or path to citizenship for Dreamers.
- DACA recipients will be able to continue renewing their status and work permits.
What is next?
The future of the program is still largely unknown. President Trump and his administration could try to end DACA again; however, it would be challenging to do so by the election. If re-elected, President Trump is expected to try to dismantle the program.
A recent Pew Research Center poll found that nearly three-quarters of Americans and more than half of Republicans favor giving “Dreamers” permanent legal status. Voters in support of the program need to hold their lawmakers accountable. Additionally, supporters should consider participating in local efforts to defend DACA. Opportunities may include volunteering, community organizing, donating, and attending protests and rallies.
If you or someone you love have questions regarding DACA, please contact our office immediately. We will review your case and discuss your options with you. If you have immigration-related questions, please call LaGrone Law at 678-250-5449.