The Supreme Court issued a surprising 5–4 ruling on Thursday that blocked the Trump administration’s effort to undo the 2012 executive action by then-President Barack Obama that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And according to the Washington Examiner, Obama wasted little time touting the decision as a victory for his administration and the Democratic Party.
The former president used the ruling it as an opportunity to urge voters to support presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president through both of his terms in the White House.
In a two-part tweet following the ruling, Obama described his role in establishing the ongoing protection against deportation for “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as children and later accepted into his DACA program.
“Eight years ago this week, we protected young people who were raised as part of our American family from deportation,” the former president tweeted, according to the Examiner. “Today, I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us.”
Obama added that Americans “may look different and come from everywhere” but are united in “our shared ideals,” the Examiner noted.
“To stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and elect [Biden] and a Democratic Congress that does its job” in the upcoming election, Obama said.
“A legal solution”
But while Obama and others might see the Supreme Court ruling as vindication, the majority opinion made it clear that the justices did not rule on the merits or constitutionality of the DACA program.
Instead, Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices blocked the Trump administration’s case on procedural grounds. Roberts wrote that the Department of Homeland Security’s argument violated the Administrative Procedures Act, but left open the possibility of addressing the issue again, according to Law.com.
In a tweet shortly after the decision, President Donald Trump announced that he intended to “start this process all over again” in pursuit of a DACA repeal.
“As President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law,” he wrote.
He followed that up with a pair of tweets revealing that his administration “will be submitting enhance papers shortly in order to properly [fulfill] the Supreme Court’s…ruling [and] request of yesterday.”
Obama and the Democrats might be taking victory laps now, but it is clear the Trump administration sees this ruling as an opening to stage a more effective legal attack on DACA in the near future.