In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Thursday that the Trump Administration cannot immediately end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.
The verdict, delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, ensures that the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients around the country cannot be deported.
According to the chief justice, while the White House has the authority to end the program its justification for doing so could not be “arbitrary and capricious” and therefore the Department of Homeland Security process was unlawful, according to USA Today.
To be sure, do program is still in jeopardy if the Trump administration moves forward to provide a lower court with more appropriate justifications, however this process could take months and may not be acted upon before the November presidential election, the New York Times reported.
The program started during the Obama administration in 2012 and was suspended by the Trump administration in 2017. However, current DACA recipients could not be deported as the case made its way through the lower courts. Today’s decision grants them a reprieve.
To ensure that these “Dreamers,” the moniker given to DACA beneficiaries, do not face deportation in the future, the U.S. Congress needs to pass legislation granting more rights, according to legal experts.
Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and and will be updated with details. Most recent update 1:26 p.m. PDT.