After DACA Ruling, Trump Announces He Will Be Releasing Updated List of SCOTUS Nominees


President Donald Trump responded to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision blocking his efforts to wind down the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, saying it is proof the high court needs more conservative justices.

He added that he would be releasing an updated list of potential Supreme Court justice nominees, as he did during the 2016 presidential race.

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal wing of the court in his majority opinion against the administration’s efforts to end DACA.

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. ‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern,'” Roberts wrote. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.

“Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients,” the chief justice continued.

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“That dual failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner.”

Justice Clarence Thomas argued in his dissent that the ruling was politically expedient, but not legally sound.

“Today’s decision must be recognized for what it is: an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision,” he wrote.

“Without grounding its position in either the [Administrative Procedure Act] or precedent, the majority declares that [the Department of Homeland Security] was required to overlook DACA’s obvious legal deficiencies and provide additional policy reasons and justifications before restoring the rule of law,” Thomas added.

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“This holding is incorrect, and it will hamstring all future agency attempts to undo actions that exceed statutory authority,” he concluded.

In a series of tweets, Trump addressed Thursday’s ruling, including by retweeting a portion of Thomas’ dissent in which the justice contended that the majority avoided the “legally correct decision.”

Trump also tweeted, “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.”

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In a subsequent tweet, he added, “I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020. If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice.”

“Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religious Liberty, etc.) — VOTE 2020!”

Trump further warned that if the “radical left Democrats” take power, many rights will be in jeopardy.

“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,” he wrote.

“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!”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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