In Brief

Tired of winning? - Donald Trump’s chequered Supreme Court record

President brands latest court defeat ‘horrible and politically charged’

The US Supreme Court has dealt another blow to Donald Trump, ruling that it was illegal for the president to end the Obama-era programme allowing undocumented child immigrants to enter the country.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act, commonly known as Daca or the Dreamers act, protects about 700,000 young immigrants from deportation, says The New York Times.

In response to the court’s decision, Trump headed to his favourite social media site, tweeting that “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”.

“We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd Amendment & everything else,” he added. “Vote Trump 2020!”

The loss is the latest legal blow in a presidency marred by unsuccessful court battles.

Trump’s administration has lost 79 out of 85 cases involving federal agencies on deregulatory or policy issues, reports Reuters. “In key instances Trump’s administration has been unable to craft high-profile policies that will stand up in court.”

“Quite honestly, this is why we have had so many victories against this administration in court,” said Xavier Becerra, California’s Democratic attorney general. “They just refuse to follow the rules. They seem to be very impatient and they don’t believe the rules apply to them.”

Examples include a June 2019 Supreme Court ruling in which the ruled against the administration’s plan to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 US census.

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But it has not been all bad for Trump, who has also won some big cases.

These include the infamous 2017 travel ban. Having rejected Trump’s initial approach, the Supreme Court upheld a range of travel restrictions against five majority-Muslim countries.

The Supreme Court has yet to rule on major cases involving abortion rights and attempts to force Trump to release his tax returns.

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