Despite Supreme Court’s ruling last month not to shutdown DACA program because it lacks adequate justification, Trump government, on Tuesday, announced it will move forward with rejecting any new applications and shorten the deportation protections of thousands of immigrants living in the United States illegally after entering as children - a group often called ‘Dreamers’, whose eligibility is soon to expire.
President Trump’s open defiance of a federal court’s implementation of the Supreme Court’s July 9 DACA decision should lead to grave consequences. This contempt of court cannot be allowed to stand. https://t.co/h0Rwx5WZFN— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 29, 2020
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, in which some 644,000 immigrants are enrolled, was a policy created by former President Barack Obama in 2012 that protects certain immigrants from deportation and makes them eligible for work permits.
With months away from his second term rally to the White House, ending the popular program has been a major focus of the Republican President. Reuters reported that the administration plans to continue a policy in place since 2017 of not accepting new DACA applicants and renewals will be on an annual basis which will no longer honor the 2-year eligibility grant of the 2012 policy. The Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum that allows DACA recipients to travel outside the country only under “exceptional circumstances.”
The 5-4 ruling to block Trump’s move does not mean his administration cannot challenge DACA policy again, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his decision that the administration lacks adequate justification to end the federal program but it could try again by offering a more detailed explanation for this action. He added that the White House might not want to end such a popular program at the height of a presidential campaign.
The senior administration official told Reuters “We’re going to review all of that and all the underlying communications that informed those documents so that when the administration next acts on DACA, it will be anchored on this comprehensive review.”