Immigrants in the U.S © Julio Cortez
The "Dreamers" can dream again. The U.S. Deportation Court halted Donald Trump's attempt to end deportation protections for some 800.000 beneficiaries of the DACA program to be terminated. The controversy is not over.
Church leaders in the U.S. have welcomed the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to further protect undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation. The "Dreamers" are "an important part of our Church and our faith community," said the president of the USCCB Catholic Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. "We stand with them."
The Supreme Court on Thursday had voted five to four to reject the White House's attempt to end President Barack Obama's 2012 DACA protection program by decree.
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Chief Judge John Roberts, who voted with the majority, argued in the ruling that President Donald Trump had terminated the program without sufficient justification.
After his second Supreme Court defeat this week, Trump attacked the court head-on via Twitter. He said this "terrible and politically motivated decision" was "a shotgun blast in the face of people who proudly call themselves Republicans or conservatives". Trump had been trying to end the so-called DACA program in various attempts since 2017. This protects immigrants who were deported before their 16. had come to the U.S. at the age of.
Praise from the church
Archbishop Gomez, who had sharply criticized the previous ruling of the Constitutional Court on discrimination protection for sexual minorities in the workplace, applauded the judges. He urged Trump not to make another attempt to deport the "Dreamers," but to "keep the DACA program intact".
The president of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, nevertheless expects further legal challenges. "We will continue to stand with our brothers and sisters," the bishop from the state of California promised.
"Arbitrary, capricious plan by Trump"
The director of the Catholic immigrant legal aid organization CLINIC, Anna Gallagher, also said the ie is far from resolved. "While we are grateful for today's decision not to end DACA," she said. But the argument goes on.
The head of the Catholic Social Justice Lobby Network, Sister Simone Campbell, said the court's decision to "reject President Trump's arbitrary and capricious plan" was the only "just outcome".
Calling the narrow DACA ruling a much-needed reprieve, the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, evangelical preacher Samuel Rodriguez, said. People have long experienced a legal limbo, they said, even though the U.S. is their "rightful home". Rodriguez had said the prayer for Trump at inauguration ceremonies.
Representatives of other faith communities also reacted with relief to the judge's ruling. This was an "important victory in the fight for all immigrants," said the president of Church World Service, an interdenominational charity, John L. McCullough.
Now it's up to Congress to legislate protections for "Dreamers," demands Evangelical Lutheran Church leader Elizabeth A. Eaton. He said deputies must ensure "that our immigrant neighbors continue to have the opportunity to educate themselves, start a career, raise a family, and go to church without the constant threat of deportation". The chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, Nihad Awad, called it "just great news".
Former U.S. President Obama also expressed relief, tweeting immediately after the ruling that he was happy for the Dreamers, their families "and for all of us". Chief Justice John Roberts, considered conservative, voted with the four liberal justices to uphold DACA on procedural grounds. Roughly three in four U.S. residents advocated for permanently legalizing the residency of "Dreamers" in a recent Pew Research Center poll conducted immediately before the Supreme Court decision.