For Immediate Release: June 17, 2020
Media Contact: Annette Sheckler; email@example.com (703) 310-1130 (x3041)
ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is pleased to learn of the Supreme Court’s ruling today that blocks on a technicality the Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program, begun during the Obama Administration, protects 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and allows them to work. However, DACA provides no path to citizenship.
The Supreme Court’s decision is based on the government’s failure, according to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., “to provide a reasonable explanation for its action.” This decision, emphasized Chief Justice Roberts in his majority opinion, is not a ruling on the soundness of the policy itself, but whether the Department of Homeland Security complied with the procedural requirements when issuing the order. According to the decision, the agency failed to do so, as required by the Administrative Procedures Act that governs how agencies establish regulations.
The ruling does not mean that the Administration cannot try again to rescind the DACA program. If the Administration decides that it will continue along this path of terminating DACA, the Department of Homeland Security will need to provide a more robust justification for its decision. However, it is a temporary stay for the 700,000 “Dreamers” who have been living under the threat of immediate deportation back to countries of which they have no memories.
The vast majority of Americans support the Dreamers. A poll taken on June 17th, just yesterday, by Politico/Morning Consult, shows that more than two thirds of all registered voters—Republicans and Democrats alike—say Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the United States and pursue citizenship. One hundred and forty-three business associations and companies, including Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, wrote a brief in support of the Dreamers saying that the Administration’s phase-out will have a deleterious effect on their businesses.
USCRI strongly urges the Administration to follow the lead of the American people and the American business community to support the 700,000 young people who serve our country with distinction in war and peace. USCRI calls upon the Administration to extend the protections under DACA and to work with Congress to provide them with a legal path to citizenship.