HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The U.S. Supreme Court made another landmark ruling on Thursday, saying “dreamers” or recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cannot be deported.
Dreamers are people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Twenty-year-old dreamer, Mizti Colin Lopez, was 3 years old when she was brought to the U.S. by her parents.
She heard the news about Thursday’s ruling from her little sister.
“She ran in my room, and she was like, ‘Oh my god, did you see? The Supreme Court made a decision,’ and being 9-years-old she’s so aware of this,” Lopez said.
Her sister has no choice but to be aware at just 9 years old. Lopez’s family has had a deportation plan since 2017, when President Trump first announced his plans to disband DACA.
“Even though she’s so little, she shouldn’t have to worry with these things. She shouldn’t have to worry one day if she’s going to come home and her sister won’t be home,” Lopez said.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) has been fighting President Trump on the ruling since 2017.
“I’ve been forced to go to court many times to hold the Trump Administration accountable to the rule of law, and we win when we go to court, and that’s because they simply don’t follow the rules,” Shapiro said.
On this issue, the Supreme Court agreed. In a 5-4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the Trump Administration did not follow the correct procedure to appeal the programs, nor did it have a plan for what to do with the dreamers, afterwards.
“In general, you have to follow certain time periods. You have to allow for public comment. You can’t do this in a matter that is considered arbitrary or capricious,” Shapiro said.
Many people disagree with the ruling, saying that DACA encourages people to come here illegally, knowing their kids will be safe.
“We’re just here just trying to make a better live for ourselves. I’m here. I’m working. I’m going to school. I’m trying to get my family ahead,” Lopez said. “It’s also more than politics, It”s people’s lives that are depending on this.”
Chief Justice Roberts pointed out in his opinion that the Trump Administration could revise its plan to dissolve the program and revisit the issue at a later date.
President Trump tweeted about all of the Supreme Court’s decent decisions, including DACA, he said we need new justices, and he asked if those justices don’t like him.