ADL Joins Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

New York, NY, March 20, 2018 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today joined the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and a coalition of civil rights organizations on an amicus brief before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In its amicus brief supporting a challenge brought by the University of California, the Lawyers’ Committee and ADL argue that the President’s decision to rescind DACA is a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (ACA), a federal statute that protects against such arbitrary and capricious executive actions. The brief also discusses the personal, social, and institutional investments made by DACA recipients relying on the government’s promise that-- if they went through the legal processes of applying for DACA-- they would not be deported. The brief was drafted by the law firm Venable LLP and also joined by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Mississippi Center for Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.

“Protecting DACA recipients is a moral imperative for the heart and soul of our nation,” said ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. “President Trump’s decision to rescind this program without consideration of the interests of our country and the 800,000 young immigrants who have relied on the program was unnecessary, arbitrary and unlawful. Because the President and Congress have not acted to protect DACA recipients, and continue to choose to ignore the impacts the end of DACA will have on the health of the economy and our communities, we hope that the Court will uphold the preliminary injunction put in place and continue to protect the DACA program.”

“Thousands of young people have lived in this country for most of their lives and dream of being recognized as the Americans that they are,” said Dariely Rodriguez, Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s Economic Justice Project. “The administration’s arbitrary decision to terminate DACA was cruel and harms families, communities and our economy. We will continue to stand up for Dreamers by challenging this Administration’s discriminatory policies in the courts.”

ADL previously welcomed the federal court order in this case directing the government to keep the DACA program in place temporarily on a nationwide basis. Along with our coalition partners, ADL continues to urge Congress to take action to permanently protect Dreamers – and take other steps to fix our broken immigration system.

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