At issue in this case is President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program created by President Obama in 2012 that granted work authorization and relief from deportation for a two-year period for certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The decision unnecessarily put the lives of the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and their families in limbo. ADL joined an amicus brief in support of the challenge to this decision by 16 Attorneys General. The brief urges the Court to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent irreparable harm to DACA recipients, their families, communities, and to our country’s educational institutions, businesses, economy, and military. The brief highlights the positive contributions DACA recipients have made to our communities and society and the destabilizing impact that will result to immigrants, the economy, and our country without relief. The brief was filed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law and a coalition of civil rights organizations.
ADL joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law and a coalition of civil rights organizations in this case at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on a brief. Our brief asks the court to uphold the preliminary injunction in place blocking President Trump’s decision to end DACA. The brief argues that the President’s decision is a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), a federal statute that protects against such arbitrary and capricious executive actions where there are significant reliance interests. Young immigrants, educational institutions, and our economy have relied on the DACA program as a pathway to success and opportunity.