OKC Immigration Attorney Breaks Down SCOTUS DACA Ruling

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 5:21 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Donald Trump’s rescindment of the DACA program.

Oklahoma City immigration attorney Steven Langer said this decision allows for some clarity after years of confusion over the policy.

“One of the reasons I think, DACA got started was because of one of my clients. About a year before DACA came out, we got a star athlete out of Dallas, that the government was just determined to deport,” Langer said.

The Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy allows immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to apply for temporary periods of protection.

Early in his presidency, Trump put forth actions to end the program.

Since then, DACA’s future has been uncertain, as Trump’s action was challenged in court.

Thursday morning, the highest court in the land blocked the president from ending the program.

The president took to Twitter to express his disappointment in this decision.

One tweet read, “As President of the United States, I am asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law. The Supreme Court is not willing to give us one, so now we have to start this process all over again.”

Langer said he doubts the policy will be rescinded again this year.

“I don’t think it’s something he can do before the election,” Langer said.

As for Oklahoma DACA recipients, Langer advises everyone continue to reapply for renewal as needed.

Langer said the decision doesn’t affect his current Oklahoma immigration cases, but he’s working out what this means for travel.

“We’re hoping that this decision on how it plays out will allow people to apply for travel permits,” Langer said.