In a major decision reversing yet another Trump administration priority, the Supreme Court voted on Thursday (June 18) to reject the White House’s decision to cancel DACA, the program that gave legal protection and work authorization to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
In a 5-4 decision that included the four liberal justices joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said the administration cannot immediately proceed with its plan to end the program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that affects more than the 700,000 immigrants known as “Dreamers,” according to The New York Times.
The decision is a reversal of one of the Trump campaign’s central promises to its conservative base, with Roberts writing, “We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
The decision was applauded by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has long advocated on behalf of Dreamers. He tweeted simply, “#HomeIsHere.” The Head and the Heart also cheered the action, writing “YES DACA! YES HUMAN RIGHTS!!”
Among the other prominent figures supporting the Supreme Court’s move were former first lady and Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, who said, “Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold DACA is a happy end to the cruel uncertainty the Trump administration put these young people through. Now Congress must give them a path to citizenship.”
Becky G said, “Literally have tears in my eyes after seeing that the Supreme Court ruled against the trump administration & in favor of the DACA program.”
Others weighing in include Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama, Nancy Sinatra and many others.
Coming on top of a landmark ruling on Monday from the Supreme Court that officially protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination, it’s been a rough week for Trump, who admitted as much in a tweet. Reacting to Thursday’s DACA decision, he tweeted, “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”
See how bold-faced names reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision below.
YES DACA! YES HUMAN RIGHTS!!
— The Head & The Heart (@headandtheheart) June 18, 2020
The United States is the only home Dreamers have ever known.
Today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold DACA is a happy end to the cruel uncertainty the Trump administration put these young people through.
Now Congress must give them a path to citizenship. #HereToStay
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 18, 2020
Literally have tears in my eyes after seeing that the Supreme Court ruled against the trump administration & in favor of the DACA program. In the last days we’ve recieved news for our LGBTQ+ ️ protection rights and now protection for our DREAMERS!
— Becky G. (@iambeckyg) June 18, 2020
Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation. Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us. We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 18, 2020
The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored. And as President, I will get to work immediately to make it permanent. https://t.co/xKkCp4P9Ff
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 18, 2020
Supreme Court rejects Trump administration’s move to end DACA protections for nearly 700,000 young immigrants https://t.co/pEbr45rU9S
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 18, 2020
Stephen Miller, you can suck my DACA.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 18, 2020
Please take a moment to read Justice Sotomayor’s concurrence from today’s #DACA ruling. It’s extraordinary. We are so lucky to have her in our highest courts.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) June 18, 2020