Supreme Court Confirms DACA Decision Against Trump Administration: NPR

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Protesters arrive at the United States Supreme Court during a march in support of Deferred Action for the Arrivals of Children (DACA) on November 10.

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Protesters arrive at the United States Supreme Court during a march in support of Deferred Action for the Arrivals of Children (DACA) on November 10.

Jose Luis Magana / AFP via Getty Images

Updated at 10:30 a.m.ET

A narrowly divided Supreme Court extended a life line to some 650,000 so-called DREAMers on Thursday, allowing them to remain safe from eviction for now, while the Trump administration leaps through the administrative hoops that, according to the court, are required before ending the program

The vote was 5 to 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts casting the fifth deciding vote to bridge the liberal and conservative wings of the court.

Roberts and the four liberal judges of the court said that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to cancel the DACA was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. (Read the decision here.)

In his opinion, Roberts wrote: “The proper remedy is therefore to refer to DHS so that it can reconsider the problem. ”

Launched in 2012, the DACA program has provided temporary protection from eviction to qualified individuals who were illegally brought to the United States as children. Under the program, DREAMers were allowed to work legally and apply for university loans if they met certain requirements and had passed a background check.

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