Trump Vows to Cancel DACA 'Shortly': 'Nothing Was Lost' in Supreme Court
President responds to SCOTUS ruling to block his bid to end DACA for illegal aliens
President Donald Trump vowed Friday morning that his administration will "shortly" restart the regulatory process to end Barack Obama’s “DACA” amnesty for illegal aliens.
“We will be submitting enhanced papers shortly in order to properly fulfil the Supreme Court’s ruling & request of yesterday,” Trump said in a Twitter post.
The president says the court dodged the legal issues in the DACA case and did not help Democrats with its Thursday ruling.
“Nothing was lost or won. They ‘punted’, much like in a football game,” he said.
Trump also reiterated his eagerness to make a deal that would provide citizenship to over 700,000 adult children of illegal migrants currently living in America.
“I have wanted to take care of DACA recipients better than the Do Nothing Democrats, but for two years they refused to negotiate,” the president said.
Democrats have given up on helping the DACA immigrants, Trump suggested.
“They have abandoned DACA. Based on the decision the Dems can’t make DACA citizens. They gained nothing!”
...ruling & request of yesterday. I have wanted to take care of DACA recipients better than the Do Nothing Democrats, but for two years they refused to negotiate - They have abandoned DACA. Based on the decision the Dems can’t make DACA citizens. They gained nothing! @DHSgov— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2020
The court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the administration's decision to rescind the DACA program violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which sets out rulemaking procedures for federal agencies.
In the opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that when the Trump administration rescinded DACA it "failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance."
Roberts was referring to the non-enforcement of immigration laws to remove those with DACA protection.
He also cited the impact the decision would have on DACA recipients who have relied on the program.
"That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner," Roberts wrote.
The justice noted that the administration could have scrapped the benefits provided by DACA while keeping the non-enforcement policy, but instead eliminated all of it without even giving a reason for ceasing non-enforcement.
"The appropriate recourse is therefore to remand to [the Department of Homeland Security] so that it may consider the problem anew," he said.
The "papers" Trump referred to Friday presumably would address such issues.
Trump promised in 2016 to repeal then-President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order, which granted protections to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.
The illegals are frequently described by Democrats and immigration activists as “dreamers.”
However, Trump has since indicated that while he wants to repeal the order, he wants to extend those protections in law, possibly as part of a broader immigration deal.