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SCOTUS Ruling Ends the Current Fight over DACA

But does not guarantee the Dreamers’ safety


(MADISON)—Today, Senator Tim Carpenter issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of Univ. of Cal.:

“Today in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected President Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program. This is extremely welcome news, especially for the young people who were brought to this country by their parents trying to find a better, safer life for them. Many of these young people do not know any other home but the United States. They attend school here, and work to improve our communities and neighborhoods even as they live with the anxiety of knowing that our country has not committed to securing their future.

“The decision today does not end their predicament, but merely postpones a final decision, and puts a stop to the hasty and careless attempt by the current administration to get rid of the program. In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote:

‘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. That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner. The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew.’

“The President stated on Twitter last year, ‘Rest assured that if the SC does what all say it must, based on the law, a bipartisan deal will be made to the benefit of all.’ But nothing is stopping him from pursuing a bipartisan deal now. He is attempting to use these young people as a bargaining chip, as in January of 2019 when he said that he would sign a deal on DACA in exchange for the border wall that he famously promised his electorate. If the Supreme Court had ruled in his favor, he would be holding Dreamers’ lives over the heads of his opponents in Congress today.

“With 75% of registered voters stating that they believe that DACA recipients should be allowed to stay in the country, it is clear that Congress must find a real solution for the Dreamers.”