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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Breaking: SCOTUS Upholds DACA; Says Trump Administration's Move to End it was Arbitrary & Capricious

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision this morning ruling that the Trump administration's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was "arbitrary and capricious," and therefore the DACA program has been upheld. This decision affects more than 200,000 college students who are eligible for DACA.

From National Public Radio: "The 5-4 ruling gives a new lease on life to the so-called DREAMers who were able to maintain their immigration status in the country because of the Obama-era DACA program."

This Supreme Court decision arrives on the heels of a 6-3 decision earlier this week holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination against LGBT individuals. Both decisions were somewhat surprising given that Supreme Court justices appointed by Republican presidents hold a 5-4 majority on the Court. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four Democratic-appointed justices in today's DACA decision, and the Chief Justice plus Justice Neil Gorsuch (a Trump appointee) sided with the Democratic-appointed justices in Monday's Title VII decision.

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