Washington — The US supreme court has dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a programme that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed “Dreamers”, who entered the US illegally as children.

The justices, on a 5-4 vote, upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme, created in 2012 by his Democrat predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful...

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