APSAC Leads Amicus Group Speaking Up for Children of DACA Recipients in Supreme Court
Since its establishment by executive order in 2012, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected hundreds of thousands of undocumented persons who arrived in the United States as children from deportation. The oldest DACA recipients are now in their 30s, and many have children--in fact, over 250,000 of them. They are beloved of many. They are as American as any. But in September 2017, DACA was rescinded which would have had the effect of immediately terminating work authorization and putting individuals in jeopardy of removal. Plaintiffs filed suit in California and New York, and APSAC supported the DACA defenders in each case, beginning in March 2018 with our brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the University of California Regents. The cases ultimately reached the United States Supreme Court, where APSAC again supported the DACA defenders--this time leading a large group of 35 additional child advocacy and pediatric organizations and medical experts including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center on Law and Social Policy.
In filing this brief, APSAC strongly opposes the needless termination of DACA, a critically important protection afforded to persons who arrived in the United States as children and have made lives and families here in the only home they know.