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John Roberts defies Trump and conservatives with another legacy decision

June 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Chief Justice John Roberts saved Obamacare in 2012 -- a move forever earning him the wrath of many Republicans -- and on Thursday he preserved an Obama-era program that protects young immigrants who came to the US without proper papers, a direct rebuke to President Donald Trump.

(CNN)Chief Justice John Roberts saved Obamacare in 2012 -- a move forever earning him the wrath of many Republicans -- and on Thursday he preserved an Obama-era program that protects young immigrants who came to the US without proper papers, a direct rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Both times, Roberts joined with the court's four liberals, as he did last year when he cast the crucial fifth vote to block a citizenship question on the 2020 census -- another insult to the President.

"We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies," Roberts wrote, trying to stress the limits of the court's ruling.

"You wonder if you're going to be John Marshall or you're going to be Roger Taney," Roberts once said, referring to the chief justice known as the forefather of judicial review and to the chief who wrote the Dred Scott decision that said slaves were not citizens, respectively.

Until Thursday, the Roberts court had mostly backed the Trump White House on immigration.

Earlier this session, the five-justice bloc on the right wing, including Roberts, allowed the administration to institute a policy disadvantaging green card applicants who applied, even in limited instances, for food stamps and other public benefits.

Roberts' votes with the left in high-profile cases, especially two involving President Barack Obama signature initiatives, make both their points to a certain extent.

"Sorry Chief Justice John Roberts, but you do indeed have 'Obama judges,' and they have a much different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country," the President retorted to Roberts in 2018.

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