Liberals and Democrats intent on reversing President Trump’s DACA decision got another setback on Friday when the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily put a hold on U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup’s order requiring the Trump administration to turn over all decision-related documents.
The plaintiffs, which included the State of California and University of California regents, argued that federal law was violated by the Trump administration when it ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program which allowed the children of undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and remain in the United States, and they were trying to obtain documents to support their claim, according to CNN.
Predictably, the liberal wing of the court dissented from the majority. Justice Stephen Breyer instead believes the lower courts are better able “to understand whether a particular discovery order is over-burdensome.”
“This court is poorly positioned to second-guess district courts’ determinations in this area,” Breyer wrote in his dissent, according to CNN.
Trump administration lawyers argued that the “district court’s orders mandating discovery and expansion of the administrative record were in excess of the district court’s authority.”
“The Department of Homeland Security acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner, and the Justice Department believes the courts will ultimately agree,” Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement, according to CNN.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra did not agree, saying, “What is the Trump administration trying so hard to hide? The administration owes the American people a real explanation for its decision to upend the lives of 800,000 Dreamers, stripping them of their ability to work and study, stirring fear, and threatening our economy. We’ll keep fighting in court for Dreamers, particularly the 1-in-4 DACA grantees who call California home.”
Although Judge Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California insisted his request was “limited, narrowly directed, and reasonable,” the highest court in the land clearly thought otherwise.
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