This article appeared in the Summer 2020 edition of The Classroom Teacher.

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 18 ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, declaring in a 5-4 opinion that the 2012 initiative was inappropriately terminated by the Trump administration. 

The ruling means DACA will continue to protect more than 700,000 Americans, including more than 100,000 Texans, allowing them to attend school and work without fear of deportation.

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern.’ We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.” 

While immigrant rights groups praised the Supreme Court’s decision, President Donald Trump said his administration would continue to look for a way to end the program.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that his office would keep fighting to have DACA declared unconstitutional in a separate case filed in Texas’ federal courts.