Acting DHS Secretary: Supreme Court DACA ruling 'usurps the clear authority of executive branch'

Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfLawmakers slam DHS watchdog following report calling for 'multi-year transformation' Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye passage of infrastructure bill; health experts warn of fourth coronavirus wave MORE knocked the Supreme Court's decision Thursday that blocked the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“DACA recipients deserve closure and finality surrounding their status here in the U.S. Unfortunately, today’s Supreme Court decision fails to provide that certainty," Wolf said in a statement Thursday afternoon. "The DACA program was created out of thin air and implemented illegally. The American people deserve to have the Nation’s laws faithfully executed as written by their representatives in Congress—not based on the arbitrary decisions of a past Administration. This ruling usurps the clear authority of the Executive Branch to end unlawful programs.”

DACA shields nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation.


The Supreme Court rule 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the liberal justice. The court said that the Trump administration failed to give adequate justification for terminating DACA, a requirement that is required by federal law.

The court's decision was a blow to conservative lawmakers and prompted President TrumpDonald TrumpVeteran accused in alleged border wall scheme faces new charges Arizona Republicans to brush off DOJ concern about election audit FEC drops investigation into Trump hush money payments MORE to tweet, "we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court."

He added: “If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!”

Trump has appointed two justices to the bench during his presidency: Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughConservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Supreme Court weighs whether to limit issuance of exemptions to biofuel blending requirements The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP makes infrastructure play; Senate passes Asian hate crimes bill MORE and Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchConservative justices split in ruling for immigrant fighting deportation Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Trump-era grievances could get second life at Supreme Court MORE. Most believe that his appointing of Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have shifted the court right, despite the court's ruling Thursday.