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Supreme Court ruling upholds DACA program for young, undocumented immigrants

Demonstrators stand in the cold and rain outside the Supreme Court in November during oral argument on the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

WASHINGTON – A deeply divided Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration Thursday from ending a popular program that allows nearly 650,000 young, undocumented immigrants to live and work in the USA without fear of deportation.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, called the Department of Homeland Security’s action “arbitrary and capricious,” therefore unlawful. The ruling was 5-4: The court’s four liberal justices agreed, and the four more conservative justices dissented.

“We do not decide whether DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts said. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.”

Courtesy USA Today

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