President Trump has called for new justices of the Supreme Court as a result of his Thursday, June 18, defeat in his attempts to abolish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, introduced by the previous Obama administration. DACA protects approximately 640,000 immigrants who entered the United States as children from being deported.
“The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court. If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and … Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!” he tweeted.
The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court. If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
The president added he is planning to release a “new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020.”
On Thursday, the court ruled in a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts and the four liberal justices were in the majority, that the reversal of Obama’s executive order, permitting illegal aliens who entered the United States as children to be in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which makes the rules for federal agency procedures, reported Fox News.
The president has vowed to continue the fight to upgrade DACA. “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 tweeted. “The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again.”
Conservatives have considered the executive order to be illegal, and are fuming at the outcome.
Democrats and immigrant activists, however, cheered at the outcome, with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), confessing , “Cried tears of joy a few minutes ago when I heard the decision of the Supreme Court on DACA.”
Chief Justice Roberts has come under the spotlight, as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused Roberts of past instances of “sleight of hands.”
“Over recent years more and more Chief Justice Roberts has been playing games with the court to achieve the policy outcomes he desires,” he said on the Senate floor, adding, “This is becoming a pattern.”
“Five justices today held that it was illegal for the Trump administration to stop breaking the law,” he said. “That’s bizarre.”
Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli was appalled at the ruling, “Terrible. Awful. Double-standard. Outrageous.” Taking aim at Roberts he said, “If Justice Roberts played football, he’d be an all-star punter!”
In the House, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), accused Roberts again of “convoluting the law to appease the D.C. establishment.”
“By ruling that President Trump cannot terminate DACA in the same manner that President Obama used to start it, the Court’s decision creates two standards of executive power: one for President Obama and another for President Trump,” he said in a statement. “Today’s decision binds the Trump Administration to the politically expedient policy decisions of President Obama, and hampers efforts to meaningfully restore sanity to our immigration system.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said in a statement, “The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored.”