Lawmakers, pundits react to Supreme Court DACA ruling

DACA students rally in front of the Supreme Court, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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UPDATED 5:00 PM PT — Thursday, June 18, 2020

Washington was abuzz with talk after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the Trump administration’s request to terminate the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. Lawmakers and pundits from both sides of the aisle have since offered their two cents.

Democrats took a victory lap, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying he cried tears of joy upon hearing the news.

“Madam President, I cried tears of joy a few minutes ago when I heard the decision of the Supreme Court on DACA,” he said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also applauded the ruling during a press conference. She argued the decision fell in line with Democrat values.

“The Supreme Court decision, upholding President Obama’s wonderful action to support our dreamers, is something that supports our values as a country,” she stated.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, celebrates with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and supporters in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Conservatives, on the other hand, have voiced stern disapproval.

President Trump wrote a blistering response on Twitter. He said “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 went on to say “we need more justices or we will lose our Second Amendment and everything else.”

The president also reposted a segment of Justice Thomas’s dissenting opinion, in which he called the ruling an “effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”

Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli followed suit by writing his own tweet, which dismissed the high court’s decision as a “terrible, awful, outrageous double standard.”

President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable with governors on the reopening of America’s small businesses, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The president of Judicial Watch likened the decision to giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

“You hear DACA, you hear dreamers or whatever: it’s amnesty,” explained Tom Fitton. “President Trump should understand he’s negotiating with people who want to…undermine the rule of law and open the borders.”

On Thursday, Rep. Andy Biggs told One America News the Supreme Court did imply the president has the power to end DACA, but did not provide a good enough reason to terminate it.

“What’s ironic is DACA was born without following a rule making establishment. It was based on a letter by the Department of Homeland Security secretary, that’s why the minority was writing against it. The important takeaway is all nine members of the Supreme Court said the DHS secretary and the Trump administration can end DACA, they just have to follow the correct rule making process.” – Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative

In the meantime, DACA recipients will be able to renew their membership to the program, which shields illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.

The Trump administration moved to end the DACA program back in 2017, claiming it was unconstitutional. Despite the Supreme Court ruling, the administration could still move to rescind the program again in the future.

READ MORE: Supreme Court Rules Trump Admin. Cannot End DACA

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