The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, the Trump Administration did not follow the law when it ended the Obama-era DACA policy, which allowed undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States illegally as children to apply for protection from deportation—today's ruling upholds the reported 649,000 DACA participants protections.
Why it matters:
President Trump made ending the DACA program, one of the main tenets of his immigration policy alongside building a wall across the U.S-Mexico border, today's decision is major setback to those efforts.
If you don't know, now you know:
Today's ruling does not mean the Trump Administration does not have the legal authority to end the DACA program. President Trump lost today because of the way his administration rescinded the program violated the law. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote,"The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so."
In the opinion, Chief Justice Roberts wrote "it was arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and infringed the equal protection guarantee of the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause".
521,440 of the 649,000 DACA participants are from Mexico and 45% live in the State of California and Texas.
Chief Justice Roberts sided with liberal justices in upholding the program in a 5-4 ruling.