Saturday, August 29, 2020
CNN reports that recipients of relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy created by the Obama administration are challenging the Trump administration's efforts to dismantle the policy.
In June, the Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California ruled the Trump administration's attempted rescission of DACA was unlawful.
Within days of the decision, the Department of Homeland Security released the following statements:
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf: “DACA recipients deserve closure and finality surrounding their status here in the U.S. Unfortunately, today’s Supreme Court decision fails to provide that certainty. The DACA program was created out of thin air and implemented illegally. The American people deserve to have the Nation’s laws faithfully executed as written by their representatives in Congress—not based on the arbitrary decisions of a past Administration. This ruling usurps the clear authority of the Executive Branch to end unlawful programs.”
Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli: “The Supreme Court’s decision is an affront to the rule of law and gives Presidents power to extend discretionary policies into future Administrations. No Justice will say that the DACA program is lawful, and that should be enough reason to end it. Justice Clarence Thomas had it right in dissent: ‘Such timidity [by SCOTUS] forsakes the Court’s duty to apply the law according to neutral principles and the ripple effects of the majority’s error will be felt throughout our system of self-government.’” (bold added).