President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA protections for undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children drew a rebuke from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday.
Trump killed the Obama-era program in a vicious attack on migrant children who have lived here their entire lives in a clear effort to hold it hostage in order to extract his immigration demands from Democrats, who did not even control either chamber in Congress in 2017.
The action put the status of thousands of immigrants in jeopardy, especially since many of them now have families and are integrated into their communities. In short, they are as American as any citizen and deserve citizenship.
If Trump has his way, DACA recipients would be deported to lands they have never known and would be helpless in nations that are currently in turmoil.
And now another federal court is slamming his decision, this time the Fourth Circuit, which ruled that:
“DACA’s rescission is vacated as arbitrary and capricious, and the matter is remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
— Mike Scarcella (@MikeScarcella) May 17, 2019
Basically, the court says that a lower court’s decision was not explained properly and that overturning DACA is unlawful based on that decision.
This is yet another setback for Trump on his immigration agenda, that now apparently includes adding spikes and paint that burns human skin on border walls along with using military force to remove undocumented immigrants from the country.
This move would also be unconstitutional because the military cannot be used as law enforcement against American communities, many of which have sanctuary laws.
DACA is safe for now, but the Supreme Court could still kill it. And as Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate continue to stack the courts with partisan judges, the deck is going to be stacked against the Constitution and these undocumented immigrants who should, by all rights, be American citizens.
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