WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, was illegally rescinded by the Trump Administration.
The court rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.
The outcome seems certain to elevate the issue in Trump’s campaign, given the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his first presidential run in 2016 and immigration restrictions his administration has imposed since then.
President Trump tweeted Thursday morning about the latest Supreme Court decisions:
The justices, in a 5-4 vote, rejected administration arguments that the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is illegal and that courts have no role to play in reviewing the decision to end DACA.
The high court heard arguments last fall.
President Barack Obama announced DACA in 2012. Commonly known as “Dreamers” after the failed legislation that would have provided a path to citizenship, these immigrants have been in the U.S. since they were children.
Recipients went through extensive background screening to get two-year work permits and protection from deportation.
The Trump administration in 2017 announced the end of the program, resulting in legal challenges. Those already enrolled still have protections and can renew their two-year permits, but no one new can join.
The following statement was released by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland:
“Today the Supreme Court decided that DACA (Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) stands as an important policy of our nation. This decision now protects millions of our sisters and brothers who are a vital part of the United States.
Global Cleveland stands with the international newcomers, immigrants, people seeking to make a permanent life who came here as children and now live to make our country better for all of us.
We must place our focus now on a reform of our immigration system that recognizes the essential role immigrants and refugees and all international newcomers play in making our country and Cuyahoga County and The City of Cleveland all it can be.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
**See a one-on-one with President Trump in the video, below: