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Supreme Court Upholds DACA

July 20, 2020 9:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Active duty military.

Nurses.

IT wizards.

Students.

DACA recipients are all of these and more. They’re people who came to America illegally, but not on their own accord. Their parents wanted them to have a better life, a brighter future. While some in congress have been fighting against this resilient group, June 18 marked a victory for them and immigration activists across the country.

If you’ve been watching the news, chances are you’ve heard the big news about DACA. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a policy that allows children who were brought to the country illegally to receive a two-year period of deferred action and become eligible for a work permit. This program is open to those who do not have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records. It does not provide a path to citizenship.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA. This says that the administration did not provide an adequate reason to justify ending DACA.

According to the ruling, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies, The wisdom’ of those decisions is none of our concern. We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”

This ruling came as shock to the Trump administration as the president routinely touted the importance of appointing conservative justices to the Supreme Court as a means to achieve his agenda. While Chief Justice Roberts was appointed by a Republican,  in the same week also ruled in favor of LGBT workplace discrimination protections.

Over 800,000 recipients were extended the protections of DACA. A government study suggests that more than 90 percent of recipients are employed and 45 percent are in school. Approximately 30,000 are working in healthcare and playing an instrumental part in the United State’s fight against the novel coronavirus.

This ruling is an example of the courts not just favoring the side of the law, but also the voices of Americans being heard. A Pew Research study showed that about 74% of Americans favor protections for children brought to the United States illegally. This included nearly 57% of republicans and 80% of democrats.

Ultimately, this could go back to the courts if the administration chooses to fight the decision. However, this ruling is a home run for immigration activists and the many young people who help to make America what it is: a melting pot of amazing, talented, and unique people all with a story to tell.

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