Supreme Court : Trump Can't just End DACA Program

Supreme Court : Trump Can't just End DACA Program
Supreme Court : Trump Can't just End DACA Program

The Supreme Court has decided that the Trump Administration cannot end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that began in 2012 and has protected more than 650,000 undocumented people who arrived in the U.S. as young children from deportation. The program also provides work visas and access to other government benefits such as a social security number and access to medicare.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, called the Department of Homeland Security's action "arbitrary and capricious" and therefore unlawful. The ruling was 5-4, with the court's four liberal justices agreeing and the four more conservative justices in dissent.

"We do not decide whether DACA 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."

DHS did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment on the ruling. President Donald Trump shared two tweets shortly after the ruling was announced, saying: “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?” and called the ruling a politically charged decision. Earlier this week the Supreme Court ruled that gay and transgender people were protected by law from workplace discrimination and termination.

The court's conservatives agreed with the conclusion that there was no racial animus. Only Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from it.