Groups that supported DACA and the president who implemented it celebrated but noted the work that needed to be done in Congress to secure the protections going forward. It would have put a sympathetic human face on the targets of administration's hard-line immigration policies.
The Supreme Court ruled the Trump Administration had the authority to end the program but did not properly justify the move.
While Trump called the decision "horrible and politically charged".
Roberts called the administration's goal to revoke DACA "arbitrary and capricious". "Vote Trump 2020!" he wrote on Twitter in response to the ruling, adding, "Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn't like me?" "U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue said the ruling was" the right decision for Dreamers, our economy, and our country". For the sake of these 700,000 young people and their families, we owe it to them to give it a try.
"Today's ruling by the Supreme Court denying President Trump's rescission of DACA, a program that was implemented by nothing more than a policy memo issued by his predecessor, is an enormous setback for efforts to enforce USA immigration laws, as well as for the Constitution's Separation of Powers doctrine", wrote the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
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Pete Giangreco, a Democratic strategist who has worked on nine presidential campaigns, said: "It's what keeps me awake at night". Forty-seven per cent say the phrase "cares about people like me" describes Biden compared to 37 per cent who say it fits Trump.
"We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action", Roberts wrote.
Anti-immigration groups, meanwhile, railed against the ruling.
While Republicans protested that now, if ever, was the time for Congress to clarify the immigration system, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear that Democrats were done with their legislation before the summer break and had little interest in meeting GOP demands to fund Trump's long-promised border wall as part of any comprehensive immigration overhaul.
On Monday, the court ruled that gay and transgender workers are protected under federal employment law, a major victory for LGBT campaigners. That mirror's the court's conclusion in a decision a year ago blocking the Trump administration's efforts to include a citizenship question on the decennial U.S. census. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, after Thursday's ruling.
He also suggested that he would renew efforts to end the programme and "start the process all over again". There's a cohort of individuals who aged in to the program - by turning 15 - who haven't been able to gain access because of the legal challenges.
Daca recipients told the BBC they were relieved and surprised by the ruling on Thursday, and many said they would continue advocating for immigration reform.