U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and state Senator Nick Sacco (D-32) are praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that halts President Donald Trump’s (R) ability to end the DACA program.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding DACA is as much a repudiation of Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant crusade as it is justice for the thousands of Dreamers who call America home and contribute so much to our society, culture and economy,” Menendez said in a statement.
“To all the Dreamers who have lived in fear since President Trump took office: I hope today’s ruling makes clear that America stands with you and that this is your home.”
New Jersey’s senior senator also called for for Congress to vote on the American Dream and Promise Act, which would allow permanent resident status on a conditional basis for immigrants that entered the country as children.
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court reaffirms what I have always believed, that the Dreamers must be allowed to remain here in the only country they have ever known and should be given the opportunity to continue making contributions to our society,” Sacco, also the North Bergen mayor, said in his own statement.
“I have known many young people facing this situation here in North Bergen through our schools, and the pain, stress and uncertainty they have had to deal with is heartbreaking. Hopefully, this ruling will provide them with the security they need to know that they can go to school, work, buy a home, start a family and do all the other things that make up the American Dream without fear of deportation.”
This morning, the Supreme Court decided that the president could not end the program, introduced by Barack Obama (D) in 2012, indicating that the Trump administration had not provided adequate legal arguments to abolish DACA.
DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is said to impact about 700,000 Americans.
On Twitter, Trump chided the court ruling, calling it another “politically charged decision” after the same court ruled that gay and transgender workers are still protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.