DACA has been in the news today due to a Supreme Court decision to uphold it. DACA is an Obama-era policy made to help protect young, undocumented children whose parents brought them here illegally.
Trump made initial steps to dismantle the program early on in his presidency. Chief Justice Roberts was the split vote in the Supreme Court decision today, and Trump has been tweeting about the decision to uphold an Obama-era policy most of the day.
The program was introduced in 2012 by President Barack Obama as a stopgap measure to shield from deportation people who were brought into the United States as children and did not have citizenship or legal residency status. The protection lasts for two years at a time, and is renewable. The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship.
Participation in the program comes with a range of benefits. Along with permission to remain in the country, recipients can also get work permits, and can obtain health insurance from employers who offer it.
The ability to work legally has also allowed them to pay for school, pursue higher education and, in some states, to obtain drivers’ licenses. They can qualify for in-state tuition and state-funded educational grants and loans in some states. Depending on where they live, they may also qualify for state-subsidized health insurance.
The supreme court ruled that the way the White House went about trying to dismantle the program was not appropriate. Here are some of Trump’s tweets about it;
The DACA decision, while a highly political one, and seemingly not based on the law, gives the President of the United States far more power than EVER anticipated. Nevertheless, I will only act in the best interests of the United States of America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
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As President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law. The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020