On Thursday, June 06 many people were glued to their tv-sets while waiting to hear the fate of almost 700,000 undocumented immigrants. People across the Nation showed their support at federal buildings including the White House and the Supreme Court.
It was President Trump’s attempt to dismantle Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Just one more achievement Trump wanted to cross off his to-do list before Novembers elections.
But Thursday was not a day Trump will want to remember after hearing the Supreme Court ruling had turned against him. Supporters from around the world cheered and celebrated as if it were personal, and it was.
Chief Justice John Roberts, favored the five-to-four decision and said this was not a matter of whether or not the DACA program polices are sound or not, this decision was made because the Trump administration had violated government procedures while trying too quickly to end DACA back in September of 2017. “Their arguments were weak anyway.”, he added.
The Supreme Court ruling will allow the DACA program to continue taking new applications, but who knows when Trump administration officials will strike again.
For now, people can only wonder what the Trump administration’s next move will be while the fate of 700,000 “dreamers” remains in question.
Barrack Obama’s reaction on Twitter after the decision was made
What Is DACA?
Ex-President Barack Obama launched DACA in June of 2012 which provided a reprieve from deportation to young people who came to the United States as children. DACA does not give anyone legal status in the U.S. nor does it leed a pathway to citizenship. However, it does allow them to be lawfully present without the threat of deportation.
DACA gives young undocumented immigrants:
- Protection from deportation
- 2 yr. work permit
- driver’s licenses
What Are The Requirements For DACA?
- You were under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
- You first came to the United States before your 16th birthday;
- You have lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007, until the present;
- You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time you apply;
- You came to the United States without documents before June 15, 2012, or your lawful status expired as of June 15, 2012;
- You are currently studying, or you graduated from high school or earned a certificate of completion of high school or GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or military (technical and trade school completion also qualifies); and
- You have not been convicted of a felony, certain significant misdemeanors (including a single DUI), or three or more misdemeanors of any kind.