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September 27, 2019

Dreamers and Attorneys File Opening Brief in Supreme Court Case to Decide Fate of DACA

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Today, attorneys for eleven recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program filed their opening brief today with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that will review several lower-court decisions that blocked the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the DACA program. The court is scheduled to hear oral argument in three consolidated cases on November 12, 2019.

Three federal district court judges have issued nationwide injunctions — in California, New York, and the District of Columbia — allowing DACA recipients to continue to participate in the program. Last November, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump Administration, finding that recession of DACA was “arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” In May, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a similar ruling.

“Federal law demands, and the public deserves, a genuine and reasonable explanation from the government before it makes sweeping policy changes that will upend the lives of 700,000 individuals who work as teachers, doctors, social workers, members of our military, attorneys, entrepreneurs, and employees of nearly all of the Fortune 500 companies,” said Mark Rosenbaum, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs and Director of Opportunity Under Law at Public Counsel. “While the Constitution gives the Executive Branch significant authority to set immigration enforcement priorities, it does not allow a president to switch gears without considering the human, societal, and economic costs of doing so and raise the likelihood of deporting individuals who came here as children and know no other country as home.”

Read the full press release here

Read the opening brief here