Finally some good news. In a major victory for immigration advocates across the country, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning that the Trump administration cannot move forward with its plan to rescind the DACA program, dealing a huge blow to its anti-immigration agenda. In a 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that the DHS violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) when it moved to shut down the program, failing to provide adequate justification for its reasoning, and ultimately holding that the Administration’s total rescission of the program was “arbitrary and capricious.” It is a temporary victory based more on procedure than policy; the decision (particularly the dissent by Kavanaugh) lays out a roadmap of how the Administration could move forward with ending the program at a later time, so long as it provides more detailed explanation and justification for its actions. But a victory is a victory. As things stand, it seems unlikely that Trump would be able to push through another rescission of the program before the November election, given the likely significant legal challenges any such attempt would face. So much hinges on the upcoming election this autumn, and the focus needs to be winning back the White House.
For those interested, the full Supreme Court decision can be found here in its entirety.
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