DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court ruling

Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined four liberal justices to reject the Trump administration’s proposed reasons for ending the DACA program.
3:57 | 06/19/20

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Good evening and it's great to have you with us on a very busy night of news. Tonight, the supreme court ruling on the dreamers, blocking president trump's plan to end the program that protects nearly 650,000 young immigrants who came to America as children, protecting them from being deported. Chief justice John Roberts joining the court's more liberal justices in the 5-4 decision, saying the president has the right to dismantle the program, but that the administration failed to provide, quote, a reasoned explanation for its on the steps of the supreme court today, there were celebrations, banners says "America is home." It was a blow to the president, ending DACA was a top campaign promise. And it was the second time this week the high court has ruled against him, after Tuesday's decision protecting lgbtq workers from discrimination in the workplace. Tonight, the president responding, taking on the court and making it clear this will be a key issue come November. But for now, a major victory for the dreamers. And ABC's Terry Moran, who covers the court, leading us off tonight. Reporter: Across America, for hundreds of thousands of dreamers, there was relief, for Surprised, to be honest. I was expecting the worst. Reporter: For many, the ruling keeps hope alive. Still feels very sure ram. Reporter: This woman came to our country from El Salvador when she was 8 years old. She's a med scal student in Rhode Island now. I will be able to apply to residency programs and hopefully achieve my dream of becoming a surgeon. Reporter: In the court's 5-4 ruling today, conservative chief justice John Roberts joined the four liberal justices, rejecting the trump administration's stated reasons for ending DACA in 2017 as merely arbitrary and ka precious, violating federal law. At the same time, the court's ruling makes clear the president can end the program, as long as he does it properly. We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. We address only whether the agency provided a reasoned explanation for its action," Roberts wrote. In a fierce dissent, justice Clarence Thoms called DACA unlawful from its inception and accused his fellow justices of ducking their duty. Today's decision must be recognized for what it is, an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legal yet decision," Thomas wrote. Within hours of the ruling, president trump fired off a few furious tweets. "These horrible and politically charged decisions coming out of the supreme court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or conservatives," he wrote. Adding another, "Do you get the impression the supreme court doesn't like me?" President Obama announced the DACA program in 2012. Since then, more than 825,000 have utilized the program, including roughly 27,000 now working in the health care industry, fighting covid-19. All told, the dreamers paid nearly $4 billion in federal taxes in 2017 and their families include 256,000 U.S. Children born here. America is my home. . Let's get to Terry Moran. While this is a victory for the dreamers, it's not a permanent decision. So, what is likely to come next and this immediately puts this front and center come election day. Reporter: It sure does, David. This is not a permanent decision. It puts it right back on the map. President trump can go and try again and he suggested on Twitter he will. And that will mean the dreamers will be a big election issue. Joe Biden responding on Twitter today, saying, "Here's my promise to you. On day one, I'll send a bill to congress that creates a clear road map to citizenship for dreamers and for 11 million undocumented migrants into our country." So, it is a major political issue no that it has left the courts. David? Terry, thank you. There is also major developments in the death of

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