Former President Barack Obama said he’s happy for young people protected from deportation under Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The DACA program, created during Obama’s presidency, allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to live and work without being deported. President Donald Trump moved to dismantle it, arguing Obama overstepped his authority. The Supreme Court, however, ruled Trump’s action was an “arbitrary” and “capricious” violation of the law.
“I’m happy for them, their families, and all of us,” Obama wrote on Twitter, referring to the nearly 650,000 individuals protected under DACA. He added that electing Joe Biden would further protect Dreamers and create “a system that’s truly worthy of this nation of immigrants once and for all.”
Obama’s measured response came after Trump lashed out at the Supreme Court on Twitter for the ruling.
“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” the president tweeted. “We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd. Amendment & everything else. Vote Trump 2020!”
In a subsequent tweet, he bizarrely asked: “Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn’t like me?”