In a Thursday decision, the US Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Obama-era program allows 700,000 non-citizens, who were brought to the US as children, to live and work in the country without fear of deportation.
The 5–4 ruling states that the administration failed to give adequate justification for shutting down the program, violating federal law.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, calling the Department of Homeland Security’s actions “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act.
“The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may,” Roberts wrote. “The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.”