“Dreamers” and plaintiffs challenging President Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) on Tuesday (November 12) left the US Supreme Court saying they felt ‘optimistic’ judges will rule on “the right side of history” as they descended the steps of the court arms locked and chanting “home is here!”
Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to Trump’s effort that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children – dubbed “Dreamers” – part of his tough immigration policies.
Several of the five conservative justices appeared skeptical that courts can even review the Republican president’s 2017 plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which had been implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. Even if the court finds that it can be reviewed, conservative justices indicated they think Trump’s administration gave a reasonable explanation for its decision.
Liberal justices emphasized the large number of individuals, businesses and others that have relied on the program.
The court’s 5-4 conservative majority includes two justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – appointed by Trump.
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