The Hill's Campaign Report: Supreme Court ignites an election year battle over immigration

The Hill's Campaign Report: Supreme Court ignites an election year battle over immigration
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.



The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Thursday to block the Trump administration from ending the Obama-era program known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), arguing the administration did not give an adequate enough reason to terminate the program.

The ruling sparked reaction from both sides of the aisle, with Republicans and Democrats using it to galvanize their respective bases. President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE slammed the decision, calling for new justices in a tweet.

"The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court," the president exclaimed on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Democrats and immigration advocates celebrated the ruling. Democratic presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE vowed to make the program permanent if elected president.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling today is a victory made possible by the courage and resilience of hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who bravely stood up and refused to be ignored. As President, I will immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of my Administration,” Biden said.

Former President Obama, who established the program through an executive order, also responded to the ruling, urging Americans to vote for Biden in November.

“We may look different and come from everywhere, but what makes us American are our shared ideals and now to stand up for those ideals, we have to move forward and elect @JoeBiden and a Democratic Congress that does its job, protects DREAMers, and finally creates a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all,” he added.


While the ruling comes amidst a politically turbulent time with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the shaky economy and nationwide protests over racial injustice, the ruling will likely be referenced on the campaign trail to November.

For Trump and the GOP, appointing conservative judges and justices has always been a top priority, and today’s decision reinforces the belief that more conservative judges are needed in the courts to defend conservative policies.

For Democrats, the ruling is good news as it is a slap in the face to Trump, who moved to dismantle it earlier in his administration. However, Democrats do not believe the fight over immigration is over. They understand that Trump will work to implement more stringent immigration policies, in addition to working to appoint conservative judges to defend them.

-- Julia Manchester


Trump’s reelection campaign is looking to press for more debates against Biden in the fall and have a say in who moderates them. The campaign has recruited former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE. Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley report.

Biden’s campaign launched its first advertising blitz of the general election on Thursday, which consists of a $15 million dollar television, digital, radio and print effort focusing on Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Hill’s Tal Axelrod reports.



Albert Hunt: Redistricting fight will define the next decade of democracy.

Tim Worstall: The economy is bouncing back and that’s good news for Trump.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE: Democrats are fighting Trump to ensure Americans have health care.



Nationwide protests of racial injustice and police brutality are turning the tide in Kentucky’s Democratic Senate primary, giving progressive Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker a potential boost over establishment favorite Amy McGrath. Max reportsOn Thursday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) called on McGrath to donate her campaign war chest to Democratic efforts to defeat McConnell if she loses her primary next week. Her latest filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows her with more than $19 million in cash on hand.

Governors up for reelection in November are getting an approval-ratings boost as they handle the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and economic crises stemming from the pandemic have given the state leaders a larger platform where they have been allowed to demonstrate swift and assertive action. The Hill’s Reid Wilson reports

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) formally endorsed progressive Mondaire Jones in the race to replace retiring Rep. Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse Democrats push for resuming aid to Palestinians in spending bill House panel approves bill funding WHO, paring back abortion restrictions Democrats sidestep budget deal by seeking 0B in emergency spending MORE in New York’s 17th District. Jones, who would be the first black openly LGBTQ member of Congress if elected, is facing off against seven other Democrats ahead of the primary next week. Julia Manchester reports.

The Cook Political Report shifted the Montana Senate race between Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service Senate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate MORE (R) and Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockThere's a big blue wave coming Internal poll shows tight battle in Montana House race The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations MORE (D) to “toss-up” status. This is the latest sign that the state has come into play for Democrats. Max reports.





Biden: 49%

Trump: 41%


Booker: 44%

McGrath: 36%




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