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Photo: Rep. Tony Cardenas via Getty Images
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DACA remains uncertain: Rep. Tony Cárdenas says the time is now to pass the American Dream and Promise Act

After the historic decision by the Supreme Court to preserve DACA, President Trump said his administration will be resubmitting papers to challenge the ruling.

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President Trump says he will try to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after the Supreme Court rejected his attempt to rescind DACA Thursday.

The Supreme Court said Trump did have the power to end DACA, but he failed to submit the proper paperwork for doing so. It was “an extraordinary record of legal defeat,” reported The Washington Post, as the DACA case was overturned by the Trump administration’s incompetence in making it.

Chief Justice Roberts sided with the four liberal judges on the Court in the decision, turning the tide in a narrow 5-4 vote. But today signals that the White House will not give up on its attacks on DREAMers. 

Robert’s opinion of the Court is critical of Trump's stance, not in the way he makes it. If paperwork was submitted correctly, yesterday could have been historic for completely different reasons.

“The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so,” the opinion reads.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow said in a statement that the court’s opinion “has no basis in law and merely delays the president’s lawful ability to end the illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program.”

With no legislative path to citizenship in sight, this means the uncertainty of the last eight years since DACA was introduced continues.

The time is now to find more permanent solution
 
A long-term solution is not on the table yet.

“While today is a day of celebration, our fight to protect DREAMers and their families is not over. Our nation’s immigrants are still under fragile protections, especially as President Trump continues his endless attacks on immigrant communities,” said BOLD PAC Chairman, Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA)  in a statement.

The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would have granted DREAMers permanent legal residency provided they met certain conditions, such as staying in this country and pursuing educational degrees. 

The bill also would have forbidden other migrant minors from being removed from the country for 10 years if they also met certain criteria.

Seven House Republicans joined with the majority in favor of the act, which passed in a 237 to 187 vote. But the Republican-led Senate has not taken up the measure.

“Republicans in the U.S. Senate have the opportunity to put partisan politics aside and finally bring long term relief to our nation's DREAMers." Cárdenas continued.

In any case, Trump’s tweets Friday morning were a wake-up call from Thursday's celebration. DACA recipients need permanent protection to truly have peace of mind. 

 

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