U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants.

In a 5-4 decision, the court rejected President Trump’s efforts to upend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, commonly referred to as DACA. The court didn’t rule on DACA itself, but faulted the Trump administration on the way it went about trying to rescind the policy.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. We address only whether the agency (the Department of Homeland Security) 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.” The Department of Homeland Security can try again, Roberts wrote.

Gov. Laura Kelly said the court made the right decision. “There are more than 6,000 DACA recipients in Kansas — they serve in our military, work in our hospitals, teach our kids and pay taxes. They were brought here as children, this is their home, they belong here.”

DACA was formed after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in 2012. Then-President Obama through executive order put in place what he called a temporary fix through a policy that protected people from deportation and allowed them to work legally in the U.S.

When Trump announced that he planned to end DACA, education leaders, including those in Kansas, said some children and school employees would face an increased risk for deportation.

KASB did not take a position on the DACA program but supported amending federal law to provide legal status to undocumented students who are long-term residents of the United States.

The National School Boards Association had expressed opposition to ending DACA. The group, which represents state school board associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members, has urged Congress to amend the law to allow U.S. citizenship of undocumented students who are long-term residents. “We’re long-standing supporters of educating all students regardless of immigration status,” NSBA said.

 

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