Supreme Court Leans Towards Ending DACA After Hearing Oral Arguments
The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on whether to end or uphold the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program currently allows around 700,000 undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children, stay in the country without fear of deportation.
The fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children will be on the line Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Obama-era DACA program. https://t.co/HobUumxVmQ— CNN (@CNN) November 12, 2019
President Trump has pushed for the program to be undone since 2017 in a greater push for comprehensive immigration reform. In a tweet Tuesday the President suggested that, while the “tough, hardened criminals” in the group would be deported, he was willing to make a better deal with Democrats to allow others to stay.
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
During the hour-plus arguments, the court seemed split down party lines in their questioning of the government and “DREAMer” lawyers. Liberal Justices Elena Kagan, Steven Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor all pushed back hard on the government. The more conservative Justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, and Brett Kavanaugh were more sympathetic to the government’s arguments.
If Obama had the legal authority to created DACA through an executive order then Trump has the authority to cancel it— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 12, 2019
This isn't hard
DACA’s day in court was heavily supported on social media by a host of left wing politicians who all called for DACA to be kept in place instead of opting for a better deal that could both protect American interests and the DREAMers who are contributing to the country in a positive way.
Siempre sin miedo: proud and inspired by DACA advocates who are putting themselves on the line to fight for an inclusive country.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2019
Today the Supreme Court is hearing the arguments and testimony of DACA recipients.
We stand with them today and always. https://t.co/yeNNa5Hzca
To all DACA recipients: I know this is a scary time. I and thousands of people are fighting for justice for you and your families, and we aren’t going anywhere. We’ve got your back. #HomeIsHere— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 12, 2019
I’m proud of our Dreamers.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) November 12, 2019
I’m proud of @MakeTheRoadNY and everyone who marched to Washington, DC today to fight for them as the Supreme Court hears the case on DACA.
Immigrants have made America what it is today.https://t.co/HyRvcnL1ed