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Supreme Court rules against President Trump's efforts to end DACA program

This is good news for thousands of Minnesotans.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled against President Donald Trump, rejecting his efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

The Obama-era DACA program provided protections for unauthorized immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, shielding them from deportation and allowing them to receive work permits. 

On Thursday, SCOTUS issued an opinion that was authored by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, which said the Trump administration's termination of the program was "arbitrary and capricious." Roberts was joined by the court's four liberal justices in the decision.

Since 2012, DACA has granted two-year deferrals from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as kids (called DREAMers), who have been here for at least five years and haven't committed a serious crime, according to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.

DACA in Minnesota

SCOTUS's decision is good news for thousands of Minnesotans who have DACA status. 

As of August 2018, 5,670 Minnesotans had received DACA status although 9,000 met the criteria to apply for the program, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota notes. And it's estimated that Minnesota DACA recipients contribute $15 million in state and local taxes. 

CNBC reports there were about 700,000 DACA recipients in the U.S. in the fall of 2017, when President Trump ordered the DACA program to wind down.  

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