Day 1,246: DACA survives, Trump melts down

2 min readJun 19, 2020

Donald Trump has never understood DACA. Donald Trump has lied about DACA. Donald Trump has turned down a deal with Democrats about DACA.

And as of Thursday, Trump lost his bid to end DACA.

The Supreme Court found that Trump lacked a sound legal basis to end the program when he in tried to do so in 2017.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program, handing a major victory to about 650,000 immigrants — most of whom who entered the U.S. illegally as children more than a decade ago.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s Democratic appointees in a 5–4 decision that found the Trump administration’s move to wind down the Obama-era program for Dreamers lacked a sound legal basis.

While Trump could try other methods to end the program, it’s unlikely anything could be done before the election. Even if successful, challenges would delay the implemenation of any action for months or years.

Reacting to the decision — and with Tuesday’s decision expanding LGBTQ rights also on his mind — Trump predictably exploded, firing off a eight tweets in 16 minutes. He lamented in one that the decisions felt like “shotgun blasts into the face” and in another whined that the Supreme Court “doesn’t like me[.]”

Trump seems to think most of the country is upset about DACA’s survival, or at least voters in his own party. Polling, however, indicates the opposite. The program is wildly popular, even among Trump voters, in a country that can’t find concensus on much these days.

A majority of Trump voters want to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation, according to a new poll, putting pressure on President Donald Trump to shield immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

The same trend holds across all Republicans, according to the findings from the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. In fact, the poll indicates that wide swaths of registered voters support Dreamers regardless of gender, education, income, ethnicity, religion and ideology. That includes 68 percent of Republicans, 71 percent of conservatives and 64 percent of those who approve of the job Trump is doing. Even 69 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 — when he vowed to deport Dreamers — say they should be protected.

Overall, more than three out of four registered voters say Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the United States.

Trump tried to end a popular program, only to be rebuffed by the Supreme Court because he lacked the legal authority. So he immediately swore to find partisan justices who who would act as lapdogs for his every urge.

1,246 days in, 216 to go

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