Interested parties in Florida and throughout the country had been awaiting a decision by the Supreme Court that determined whether President Trump possesses the right to end the DACA program. The United States Supreme Court found that President Trump did not have that right.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was put in place by former President Barack Obama and provides immigrants who were illegally transported to the United States before their 16th birthday the right to obtain a work permit. The immigrants who qualify for the DACA programs are commonly referred to as Dreamers. They are also protected from the threat of deportation.
The legal problems for the DACA program began in September of 2017 when Jess Sessions, the attorney general at the time, concluded that the existence of the program could not be defended by the Justice Department. The basis of Session’s argument was that Obama ‘s choice to create the program through an executive order that bypassed Congress amounted to an abuse of the former president’s Constitutional powers.
Sessions also claimed that DACA hurts the job prospects of American born citizens and encourages the illegal immigration of children who are unaccompanied by adults.
President Trump decided that a gradual wind-down of the program was the best course of action despite the immediate push back he received from civil rights groups, people enrolled in the DACA program, and states with large immigrant communities.
Many major U.S. companies have also demonstrated open support for the DACA program. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Starbucks all added their names to the list of 125 companies that filed a supportive brief to the Supreme Court regarding the DACA program.
The DACA program has provided a means for hundreds of thousands of young people living in America to earn an honest living, build a life for themselves, and become productive contributors to American society. If you or a loved one needs assistance or have unanswered questions pertaining to a DACA-related issue, you should speak with an attorney who is skilled in matters of immigration.