Local immigration attorneys, DACA recipients say SCOTUS decision is a huge win

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a five to four ruling authored by conservative Justice John Roberts, the highest court in the nation decided to block President Donald Trump’s attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  “If the president or Department of Homeland Security wants to end DACA, it has to give notice or rule making usually. Basically it has to give notice and to say the reasons why it wants to end DACA,” said immigration attorney Steven Planzer.

DACA recipients tell 47ABC that Thursday’s Supreme Court decision is a huge win for them. They say that after three years of fighting to save DACA, this is just one step closer to knowing that they can continue to call the United States their home. “That’s why we are DREAMers. We continue to think positively. We continue to work hard and strive to better ourselves and our families,” said Alexa Reyes.

Immigration attorneys say that this decision is a big relief for many of their clients. “I’ve spoken to people who eagerly anticipated this decision. People that were terrified about what could happen if for some reason this had been denied,” said attorney Eduardo Gonzalez.

Attorneys tell 47ABC that the ruling wasn’t so much about immigration law itself. They say it was more so about way in which President Trump went about trying to end DACA. Planzer tells 47ABC that the president didn’t have a valid legal reason to end the program, and he didn’t give DACA recipients enough notice. “The issue is not whether they were pro immigrants. The issue was did DHS – did the president – follow the steps necessary to undo or reverse this decision?” said Planzer.

Gonzalez added that DACA was a promise to undocumented people that they could work towards a better life in the United States. “A lot of these folks – when they applied to the program they were told, they were promised that this wasn’t going to be used against them,” said Gonzalez.

Even with the decision, there is still the possibility that President Trump could restart the process of ending DACA down the line. Reyes says that while Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling gives her hope – she’s still trying to prepare for that possibility. “As of now we can see that we’ve made progress and it’s something that’s becoming more solid but at the end of the day, that potential of removing DACA is still there,” said Reyes.

Reyes says that for now, she’s living in the moment. She says that she wants people to understand that DACA gives thousands of people the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families. “We work hard to get here, right? And I believe that’s what the American Dream stands for,” said Reyes.

Attorneys say that the next step is to make sure that those who might have forgotten to renew their DACA status before President Trump’s action know how and where to do so.

President Trump tweeted in response to the decision – writing “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 interested of the United States of America.”

The president continued in another tweet, “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.”

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