Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants' protections

The Supreme Court has rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.

News 12 Staff

Jun 18, 2020, 6:42 PM

Updated 1,439 days ago

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The Supreme Court blocked President Trump's attempt to end DACA - or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
That means - at least for now - children brought to America illegally are safe from deportation.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he cried tears of joy when he heard the decision.
The decision brings hope and temporary relief for DACA recipients like Lisdy Contreras Giron.
"I think society is starting to realize we are important and our home is here," she says.
She is one of more than 32,000 DACA recipients living in New York who were brought to the country illegally as children.
The Supreme Court decision means the Pace University graduate can continue working as a paralegal and pursue her dream of becoming a criminal prosecutor.
"I would consider myself a hardworking individual who is looking to succeed in this country," she says.
The ruling is not the permanent solution many hoped for.
"It is an invitation to the Trump administration to go back and redo the elimination of DACA correctly," says Vanessa Merton, of the Immigration Justice Clinic at Pace University.
The ruling didn't decide whether DACA is sound policy, but rather that the Trump administration failed to provide an adequate reason to end the program put in place under the Obama administration.
"He is going to have other avenues to actually take DACA away," says DACA recipient Gabriel Guambana.
It's a reason DACA recipients like Guambana - a barber in Sleepy Hollow - are calling on Congress to act on this and immigration reform.
The ultimate decision on DACA may be determined this fall with the presidential election.


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