The Supreme Court ruled Thursday morning the Trump administration acted illegally to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
In the decision, the Supreme Court determined the Trump administration had the legal right to end the program but said they violated current federal law in how they ended it.
“The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, Axios reports.
Roberts specifically said the Department of Homeland Security’s decision in the fall of 2017 to end the immigration protective program was “arbitrary and capricious.”
Between the lines: The Trump administration has legal authority to end DACA, but the court found that the way it rescinded the program in 2017 violated federal law.
By the numbers: DACA recipients were brought to the U.S. illegally as children — under 16 years of age — and many have grown up in the country.
Most are in their 20s and early 30s. Nearly half of DACA recipients are 26 years or older, according to data by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
45% of active DACA recipients were living in California and Texas as of the end of 2019.
According to the report, the process of rescinding DACA was spearheaded by the since-fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Supreme Court agreed to take up the case in November of 2019.
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