The Supreme Court finally gave its official verdict regarding DACA
The relentless intention of Trump’s government to eradicate DACA’s program from the benefits offered to immigrants in the US has generated much controversy since 2017, when the president took office.
The fight between immigrant communities, critics, immigrant rights advocates, expert attorneys, and the Trump administration was so abrupt that the US Supreme Court decided to intervene in the DACA dispute.
Broadly speaking, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a benefit for immigrants that was implemented in 2012 during Barack Obama’s term.
This program refers to immigrants who entered the US without legal documentation when they were minors (commonly known as “Dreamers”) and can receive this benefit that protects them from deportation and gives them enough time (2 years with the possibility of extension) to start a legal residency process.
This policy also allows immigrants to obtain temporary work permits as well as a social security number (SSN).
DACA currently protects more than 700,000 immigrants and despite this number, President Trump has wanted to end this program since 2017.
In one of our most recent articles, we mention that DACA celebrated its eighth anniversary on June 15, 2020, but it was nostalgic for immigrants benefiting from this program since it was in danger of being removed.
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The Supreme Court intervention
The DACA case was brought to the US Supreme Court of Justice due to the fact that immigrant rights advocates filed multiple lawsuits against Donald Trump’s purpose of eradicating this benefit.
Other than that, the amount of people covered by DACA merits a thorough review of the pros and cons to make the best determination regarding the future of the program.
The Supreme Court announced in 2019 that it would give a definitive answer about DACA’s future in June 2020.
Thousands of immigrants have been patiently waiting for the decision and finally, on Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court officially announced its final verdict.
The Supreme Court of Justice ruled against Trump’s request
The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of immigrants protected by the DACA program.
With a total votes of 5 to 4, the Supreme Court judges classified President Trump’s request as “capricious and arbitrary.”
That means that DACA benefits will continue to be active in the US, just as those protected by the program will be able to renew their permits every two years.
What does this decision represent for immigrants?
It is well known that immigration policies are currently stricter due to changes implemented by Trump’s administration.
Thousands of immigrants were disappointed about the US restricting the entry of vulnerable communities since it is a nation known for providing support to those who need it the most.
However, the fact that the Supreme Court of Justice decided to protect DACA’s program opens a door of hope for immigrant families who want to build a promising future in North America.
In addition to that, the Supreme Court and judges around the country have decided to help immigrants during the current juncture, understanding that the health crisis is a danger to everyone, including immigrants.
The Trump government’s response
The Trump administration disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision to protect DACA.
In fact, the president made a public statement on twitter: “As President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law. The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again”.
It is important to note that Trump’s administration will most likely continue to attempt to remove DACA and other programs offered to the immigrant community in the US, mostly the programs created during the term of Barack Obama.
Follow the right advice
This is encouraging news and we can see that opportunities are opening for people who want to enter and legally reside in the US.
Now that the offices of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reopened, after being closed for more than two months, it is the perfect time for you to file your immigration application.
However, we recommend for you to seek specialized help to avoid possible rejection.
If you have any questions about an immigration issue or relating to a case you may have currently in progress, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE Phone Consultation with one of our expert immigration attorneys.
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