U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to end DACA, Dreamers can Finally Breathe

The 700,000 Dreamers in the United States have held their breath for the past three years, expecting the worst from the U.S. Supreme Court after the Trump administration said it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

But their reaction was jubilant relief on Thursday, March 18, 2020, when the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s efforts in a 5-4 ruling written by Chief Justice John Roberts.

DACA, established  by former President Barack Obama in 2012, granted temporary legal status to live, work and study in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants brought to America as children, also known as Dreamers.

In the majority opinion, Roberts wrote that the decision was not about whether DACA was sound policy, but rather whether the Trump administration had properly made its case to rescind the Obama-era policy. The high court found that the Trump administration’s move to end DACA was "arbitrary and capricious," and rejected it.

Here, in quotes and Tweets, are responses from across Texas and the nation.

From former President Barack Obama:

From President Donald Trump:

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From mayors in Texas, which has an estimated 106,000 DACA recipients:


San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo

From the U.S. Conference of Mayors:


From members of Congress


U.S. Rep Joaquin Castro, District 20 (D-San Antonio)

U.S. Rep Will Hurd, District 23 (R-Helotes)

“Today dawned a brighter morning than expected as the Supreme Court delivered great news to our nation.  Because a majority of the Court recognized the importance of integrity in federal policymaking, we will not face the incalculable damage from removing hundreds of thousands of educated, well-qualified workers from our economy.  Despite Donald Trump’s tenacious efforts to punish the nation by targeting immigrants, we will not see the precipitous removal of teachers from the students they inspire, health care workers from the patients they treat, essential employees from the businesses they sustain, soldiers from the nation they protect.  Integrity won the day, to the benefit of all," MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz. (learn more) (see DACA timeline)

Marisa Bono, former Southwest Regional Counsel for MALDEF


From universities in Texas


University of Texas at San Antonio

UTSA President Taylor Eighmy released a statement via email to students, faculty and staff stating that UTSA’s Dreamers Resource Center, founded in 2018, will continue to provide services for students.

“To all our DACA and unDACAmented students, staff and faculty, we celebrate with you today. I am relieved and grateful that your educational and professional journeys can move forward without fear and uncertainty surrounding DACA’s status,” Eighmy said.

St. Mary’s University:

University of Texas at El Paso:

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DACA recipients by the numbers

  • 5,100 DACA recipients live in San Antonio and contribute more than $244 million in state and local taxes, according to this  article by the San Antonio Express-News.
  • More than 13,000 DACA recipients are healthcare workers, according to a 2017 report by the Migration Policy Institute.
  • Nearly half of DACA recipients live in just two states: California, with 29%,  and Texas with 16%, according to Pew research center.