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June 18, 2020

Supreme Court Rules Decision to Rescind DACA "must be vacated" in DHS v Regents of the University of California

For Immediate Release: June 18, 2020

Media Contact: Rekha Radhakrishnan, 832-628-2312 rradhakrishnan@publiccounsel.org

 

SUPREME COURT RULES DECISION TO RESCIND DACA “MUST BE VACATED” IN DHS V. REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Decision protects an Obama-era program that ensures hundreds of thousands of immigrants can continue to be a core part of the culture, social fabricand economy of America

WASHINGTON D.C., —June 18, 2020 —This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration decision to rescind DACA must be vacated because it violated the Administrative Procedure Act. The decision keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intact and ensures that recipients can continue to be a core part of their communities.

Below are statements from lead attorney in Garcia v. United States, which resulted in a nationwide injunction that blocked the Trump Administration from ending DACA for over two years. Mark Rosenbaum and original plaintiffs Miriam Gonzalez, Jirayut New Latthivongskorn and Viridiana Chabolla. Public Counsel attorney Judy London, who has overseen legal counsel for over 1,500 DACA recipients, also has a statement below.

Mark Rosenbaum, Public Counsel attorney representing the plaintiffs in Garcia v. United States, which consolidated and became DHS v. Regents of the University of California

The decision today overturning the rescission of DACA is just what the nation needed. It means that 700,000 DACA recipients can live their lives in full, continuing to give to the only country they’ve ever known and doing their part to make the United States whole again. The historic decision by Chief Justice Roberts means that for now and forever the Executive Branch must be accountable for its decisions that would upend lives and livelihoods, that would destroy community bonds. Most of all, it means that quality lives count, that the real-life stories of caring and trust are what must be considered in government decision making, not to be blithely treated as political fodder for officials who fail to get the precious value of human dignity and decency. A day to rejoice!

Miriam Gonzalez, DACA recipient and plaintiff in Garcia v. United States, which consolidated and became DHS v. Regents of the University of California

I am very pleased that the court took into consideration the hundreds of thousands of people who have DACA and are affected by the decision. Especially now, in times of uncertainty, when we continue to serve and bring hope to our communities through the different fields we work in. DACA is not just about the hundreds of thousands of individuals who are recipients but the millions of people we impact daily. I am currently waiting for my DACA renewal and knowing that I will get renewed for two more years and continue my 5th year of teaching junior high students without interruption is something that brings me great joy. I also think about all my students who inspired me to take legal action against the rescission of the program, knowing that there is hope for them to also apply for DACA and have access to the opportunities that this program provides. I am glad for this victory but this is not the end, I will continue fighting alongside my community until there is a permanent solution. I look forward to the day that I can call myself an American citizen.

 Viridiana Chabolla, former DACA recipient and plaintiff in Garcia v. United States

Today’s decision from the Supreme Court is an acknowledgment that those of us who are and have been recipients of DACA are full-fledged members of this American community. When I was a senior in college and unsure of what the future held for me the words “work authorization” felt like they opened up the world to me.  All of a sudden, I could be more open with other people, I built a support system of friends and allies, and I decided to go to law school. Now more than ever, our country needs the talent and incredible skills of DACA recipients. ‚Äč

 Jirayut New Latthivongskorn, DACA recipient and plaintiff in Garcia v. United States

Today's Supreme Court decision to allow the DACA program to continue is in line with what the majority of Americans want, and what our immigrant communities deserve. DACA recipients and our families are educators, healthcare workers, entrepreneurs, caretakers, and farmworkers who are embedded in all parts of society. As a health care worker on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, I continue to show up to take care of patients in the communities across the San Francisco Bay Area. The pandemic is an example of how DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants are essential; how we are a part of the fabric of America, and I am glad that the Supreme Court Justices acknowledge that. I am thankful that I will be able to complete my resident training as a physician, with DACA. Now, we must come together to continue to fight for more undocumented immigrants to have an opportunity to thrive in this country.

 Judy London, Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, which has served nearly 1,500 DACA clients

 This is a victory for all Americans. Today we celebrate and salute the courageous immigrant youth who led this battle. The Supreme Court made a just decision today and held our government accountable but the fight is not over. We will continue to demand permanent solutions for DACA recipients and the millions of undocumented people who are essential to our nation's future.