U.S. President Donald Trump promised today that there will be a “bipartisan agreement” on immigrant youth if the U.S. Supreme Court validates his government’s opposition to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects thousands of “dreamers”.
The program, decreed by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), has so far prevented the deportations of some 800,000 people who came to the United States as children, but the Trump Administration objected to the application of that measure considering it exceeded the powers of the executive branch.
“DACA will go to the Supreme Court,” Trump said this morning on his Twitter account.
“It’s a document that even President Obama thought he didn’t have the right to sign, but he signed it anyway,” he exclaimed.
Trump argued that if the Supreme Court, the U.S. highest instance, “does what everyone says it should (do) on the basis of the law,” a “bipartisan agreement will be reached for the benefit of all”.
In his tweets, Trump quoted Christopher Hajec, an expert from the Institute for Immigration Law, as saying that “the Supreme Court now considers whether Trump’s termination of DACA was legal”. The illegality of DACA itself must be considered.
In 2017, the Trump Administration announced it was suspending DACA benefits on the grounds that the program was created “without proper legal authority,” and immediately the University of California, a dozen states, and DACA beneficiaries filed lawsuits.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the matter on Nov. 12, but what will be in dispute is not the legality of the DACA program itself but the way the Trump Administration decided to terminate it.
This past June, the U.S. House of Representatives, where the Democratic Party has a majority, approved a new version of the DACA program that includes granting temporary residency visas to young people brought to the U.S. as children, and opens a way for them to become U.S. citizens.
However, the Republican-controlled Senate has not yet assessed the legislation and is not expected to do so in the near future.
All Democrats now competing for the 2020 presidential nomination have pledged to overturn Trump’s DACA decision.