The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a long-anticipated ruling shooting down the Trump administration's attempt to overturn Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA,) thus allowing DACA recipients to remain in the United States. Obama established the immigration policy in 2012 before expanding it again in 2014.
DACA allows its young undocumented recipients protection from deportation and the chance to obtain a work permit. Like many Obama-era orders, the Trump administration sought to end the program.
Had the Trump administration won, 700,000 DACA recipients—all of whom have passed criminal background checks and earned a high school diploma or the equivalent—would have been deported, despite many of them spending their most formative years in the United States.
The ruling comes just days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an expanded interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment. The Trump administration had filed an amicus brief urging the court not to rule in favor of these expanded protections.
With two Supreme Court losses in one week, Trump's Twitter feed soon erupted.
With the graphic description of "shotgun blasts into the face" of conservatives, Trump claimed the rulings were politically charged and "horrible."
He went on to posit that perhaps the rulings were personal.
In reality, the decisions were largely in line with bipartisan public opinion. The vast majority of Americans—including over 70 percent of Republicans—believe that people should be protected from employment discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The same goes for discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, from which 68 percent of Republicans thought there should be protections.
Support for DACA falls between 70 percent and 85 percent support across an array of polls. A PEW Research Center poll conducted in February of this year found that 77 percent of Republicans thought DACA recipients should be granted permanent legal status.
Trump's tweets were met with exhaustion and mockery by many on Twitter.
It was even more exasperating that Trump made the rulings about him.
At the time of this writing, "NO ONE LIKES YOU" is trending nationally on Twitter.
Former President Barack Obama, who issued the policy that made up DACA, gave a more measured response.
In the coming weeks, the Court is expected to rule on cases involving the disclosure of Trump's financial documents.