On June 18, the Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down the Trump administration’s 2017 executive order to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This decision delivered a major victory to DACA recipients and immigration advocacy organizations.
In June 2017, President Trump announced his plan to phase out DACA. Later that year in September, Trump issued an executive order to officially enact the plan.
Created under President Obama in 2012, DACA allows adolescents and young adults who came to the United States without authorization to remain in the U.S. and obtain a work permit. Under Trump's order, new DACA applications could not be submitted, but existing ones could be renewed.
Nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, have benefited from the program since its inception, and are now a vital part of the American workforce in all 50 states. Many are essential workers, including over 20,000 medical professionals, working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of lawsuits were filed against Trump’s plan shortly after it was issued, and made its way to the Supreme Court in November 2019. Due to the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, many immigration activists were pessimistic about the Court ruling in favor of DACA.