The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. The opinion is the second time in a week when the Supreme Court — bolstered with two of President Donald Trump’s nominees — has ruled against the Trump administration.
The Department of Homeland Security said they will resume processing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications, following a recent court order. Although his administration announced they would end DACA, President Trump said, Sunday, he is ‘ready and willing to make a deal.’ Trump also addressed his recent vulgarity saying, ‘I am not a racist.’
The Supreme Court declined a White House request that it make an immediate decision about whether the Trump administration can shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Monday. The court ordered the maintenance of major aspects of the program, temporarily protecting DACA ‘Dreamers’ from immediate deportation and relieving pressure to finalize legislation.
President Trump announced that there will be ‘no more DACA deal’ and threatened to leave the North American Free Trade Agreement unless Mexico increases border security. Trump’s announcement came after he blamed Democrats and the Mexican government for the ‘dangerous’ increase in illegal immigrants. Trump said Republicans must enact ‘tough laws NOW.’
After a seemingly positive step towards the DACA ‘Dreamers’ future, Trump’s Administration retracted statements supporting their eventual citizenship. Following Homeland Security official, Michael Dougherty’s, comment that a ‘rational bill’ would support a path to citizenship for ‘Dreamers,’ Trump’s administration denied its reflection of the President’s attitude, releasing a collection of harsh immigration principles for Congress.
On Wednesday a group of attorneys general from 15 different states and D.C. came forward and filed a suit to stop the Trump Administration from shutting down the DACA program. The cause for the suit is that these attorneys general say shutting down DACA will ultimately harm states because DACA beneficiaries pay taxes, go to state universities and contribute in other ways to society, if DACA is shut down they will be unable to do these things.
President Trump and the Democrats have been reportedly working together and coming closer to creating a deal for DACA participants that would protect them from deportation after Trump and Dems met for a dinner on Wednesday night. Trump urged on Thursday morning that no official deals had been negotiated and that the dinner was just a discussion.
After President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to scrap the DACA, companies have come forward to assure DACA recipients that their jobs are safe and are offering legal protection. The White House made a statement saying current DACA recipients will be affected from March 5th, 2018.
On Monday, California, joining hands with Minnesota, Maryland and Maine filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel DACA. Trump’s move to rescind DACA would be “an economic travesty” for California, which depends on immigration labor, according to the state’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Meanwhile, Pope Francis said he hoped the U.S. President would re-think his decision on the program.