Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to end legal protections for ‘Dreamers’

People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the case of President Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) on Nov. 12, 2019.                    (Alex Brandon/AP)

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.

The outcome seems certain to elevate the issue in Trump’s campaign, given the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his first presidential run in 2016 and immigration restrictions his administration has imposed since then.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court that the administration did not pursue the end of the program properly.

The Department of Homeland Security can try again, he wrote.

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