US: Supreme Court blocks Donald Trump’s bid to scrap ‘Dreamers’ immigration policy

The United States Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Donald Trump’s attempt to end protection from deportation to lakhs of undocumented immigrants, also known as Dreamers, who arrived in the country as children, Reuters reported.

The country’s top court upheld lower courts’ decision that said Trump’s move to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme in 2017 was unlawful. The programme was launched in 2012 by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama.

The courts had also found that the Trump administration’s order violated the Administrative Procedure Act, under which the government cannot make policy that is “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law” or “unsupported by substantial evidence”. Judges of the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold the findings. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four liberals.

For the over 6 lakh immigrants, mostly from Latin American countries, the court’s ruling would ensure that they are not deported and are eligible to apply for renewable two-year work permits to stay in the country.

Trump raged over the top court’s ruling on Twitter. “These horrible and politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves…

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