Supreme Court Lets DREAMers Stay

When President Trump first rescinded the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program (DACA), the condemnation from students and educators was swift. On Thursday, those same voices cheered a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will allow DREAMers to stay in the country, at least temporarily.

The vote was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal justices. In the majority opinion, Roberts said the order rescinding DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” and did not follow proper administrative procedure.

Los Angeles middle school teacher Miriam González Ávila, one of 4,000 teachers with DREAMer status, called it “a huge victory” (EdSource). She was one of the plaintiffs, along with the University of California and the state of California, suing to keep DACA in place.

UC President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy White, and California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley all praised the decision. LA. Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said it’s time for comprehensive immigration reform that gives DREAMers permanent security.

The Trump administration could go back and craft a less assailable order rescinding legal status for DREAMers, but most political observers believe the president would avoid that move so close to the November election.

For now, the DREAMers are safe.


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