SCOTUS rules president can’t end executive DACA policy using executive authority

SCOTUS rules president can’t end executive DACA policy using executive authority

[Ed. – Roberts-penned ruling says Trump ended DACA based on an “arbitrary and capricious” rationale.  What law says so?  It was an executive decision, as well within the executive’s authority as implementing the policy in the first place.  It’s the Supreme Court that’s being arbitrary and capricious here.]

The Supreme Court handed President Donald Trump a major defeat Thursday, blocking his 2017 decision to immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejects Trump’s rationale for canceling the program as “arbitrary and capricious” in violation of federal law.

Roberts said there’s no question the president has the power to end DACA, but that the issue was with how he did it — leaving the door open for the administration to make another attempt at cancelling the program. …

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By a 5-4 vote, Roberts joined the court’s liberals in faulting the Department of Homeland Security for ignoring “conspicuous issues” of “hardship” that ending DACA would have on recipients, especially those serving in the U.S. military, undergoing medical treatments or studying in school.

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