Friday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to temporarily allow Trump administration to conceal documents related to the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The DACA program allows children of illegal immigrants who came in the U.S. as minors to remain legally in this country. There are more than 800,000 such children protected under the program.
“The Department of Justice is pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision today putting on hold the district court’s overreach,” Department of Justice spokesperson Devin O’Malley stated.
“The Department of Homeland Security acted within its lawful authority in deciding to wind down DACA in an orderly manner,” he continued, “and the Justice Department believes the courts will ultimately agree.”
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor voted against the decision.
The Supreme Court ruling reverses an order by lower courts that required Trump administration to hand over any related DACA records.
In four days this is the second time the court agreed with Trump administration regarding immigration matters.
An alliance of four states sued the Trump administration after the DACA ending decision in September.
The administration handed over almost 250 records related to the ending of DACA, but the plaintiffs believed the administration withheld more documents.
Breyer said that the court must review all materials before evaluating the actions of the federal agencies.
“(J)udicial review cannot function if the agency is permitted to decide unilaterally what documents it submits to the reviewing court as the administrative record,” Breyer wrote in his dissent.
“Effective review depends upon the administrative record containing all relevant materials presented to the agency, including not only materials supportive of the government’s decision but also materials contrary to the government’s decision,” he added.
He also argued that the Court regularly refrains from meddling in “discovery-related disputes.”
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