The Supreme Court has ruled the Trump Administration violated federal law when it rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, created by President Obama in 2012. DACA granted temporary legal status to approximately 700,000 immigrants brought to the United States as children.
The opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, characterizes the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA “arbitrary and capricious.”
The fine print, though, is important. “The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA,” Roberts writes, “All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.”
A majority of the justices agreed that the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security did not follow the proper procedure, violating the Administrative