Justices reject end to protections for young immigrants, ACLU-KY responds


WASHINGTON (AP/WTVQ) – The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.

The outcome seems certain to elevate the issue in Trump’s campaign, given the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his first presidential run in 2016 and immigration restrictions his administration has imposed since then.

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The justices rejected administration arguments that the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is illegal and that courts have no role to play in reviewing the decision to end DACA.

The ACLU-KY Board of Directors Member Omar Salinas-Chacón released a statement:

“The Supreme Court protected DACA, a victory immigrant youth fought decades for. Today’s ruling means immigrant youth and our families are protected from President Trump’s deportation force. This decision comes as millions are have taken to the streets to protest the continued murder of Black people at the hands of police. The Trump administration still has authority to rescind DACA again and will likely do so as soon as possible, just more carefully with reasons in keeping with the Court’s ruling. The only way that Black people, Black immigrants, and the undocumented community can live freely, safely and joyfully, is when our federal government acts to permanently protect Dreamers and local and state governments divert funds from law enforcement agencies and instead invest in the resources that our communities need like health care and public education.”

Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) also released the statement following the Supreme Court decision:

“Today’s decision protecting Dreamers from deportation is another victory for human rights and basic decency in our country. We should all breathe a sigh of relief that those who’ve spent most of their lives as assets to our communities can now truly call America home. That even this conservative Supreme Court would again reject the administration is a clear sign that the cruelty that guides this president and his Republican enablers is radically dangerous and has no place in American law.”