President Donald Trump decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject his bid to end an Obama-era program that provided legal protections and work authorizations to illegal immigrants who were brought into the United States as children, saying they have to “start this process all over again” for a legal solution.
On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration had acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” way when it decided to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected hundreds of thousands of these so-called “dreamers.” Many of these recipients, who have an average age of 24 years old, currently live and work in the United States after having grown up in the country.
Shortly after the ruling was issued, Trump responded in a statement on Twitter by characterizing the top court’s recent decisions as “horrible” and “politically charged.”
“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020,” the president wrote.
n a later post, Trump said the top court needed “new justices” following unfavorable decisions in cases relating to a number of issues related to DACA, sanctuary cities, and the census.
“If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!” he wrote.
He said that he will seek a “legal solution on DACA, not a political one” that is consistent with the rule of law.
“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!” he said.
The Supreme Court ruling represents a setback for the Trump administration and for the president, who had made illegal immigration a priority in his 2016 election campaign.
The DACA program was created by a 2012 executive order signed by former President Barrack Obama. The program temporarily shields these young unauthorized immigrants from deportation and provides them with benefits such as work authorization and eligibility for a driver’s license and health insurance.
The order was made after failed negotiations on immigration reform at Capitol Hill.
In 2012, the Pew Research Center estimated 1.7 million of the 4.4 million illegal immigrants aged 30 and under would be eligible for the DACA program. At the time when the Trump administration announced to phase out the program in September 2017, there were about 700,000 active DACA recipients.