Is the dream over?
It seemed on Tuesday that a bare majority of the U.S. Supreme court would allow the Trump administration to follow through on its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which has allowed around 800,000 young people, often called “dreamers,” to avoid being deported from the United States.
The justices heard well over an hour of oral arguments—and hundreds of DACA supporters rallied outside the court.
Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh appeared likely to agree that DACA was properly shut down by the Department of Homeland Security. However, Chief Justice John Roberts may be the deciding vote in the matter. Last term, he was the deciding vote when the court blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor said a greater degree of explaining would be needed to justify the decision to end DACA. “This is about a choice to destroy lives,” she said.