Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland of Security (U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit, 2018)


At issue in this case is President Trump’s decision to rescind the 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 the University of California. 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.  Our brief asks the Court to agree with the preliminary injunction order put in place and protect the DACA program. The brief was filed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law and a coalition of civil rights organizations.