STATEMENT FROM AASCU PRESIDENT MILDRED GARCÍA, ED.D., ON U.S. SUPREME COURT DACA RULING

Contact:
Kellee Edmonds 
(202) 478-4662 
edmondsk@aascu.org


WASHINGTON, June 18, 2020 — We applaud today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined that the administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was “arbitrary and capricious.” This pleasing result provides a much welcome respite for the 700,000 DACA recipients who have availed themselves of the program but whose futures have remained in limbo due to the lack of a final policy resolution to their plight.

The decision still leaves the basic challenge of creating a path to full legal status for all “Dreamers” to Congress and the administration.

It has been nearly three years since the administration moved to end the DACA program while claiming an interest in ending the plight of the innocent young people who were brought to this country as children. President Trump has on several occasions expressed a strong desire to end the Dreamers’ nightmare and offer them legal status. But the administration has undermined multiple congressional attempts to address the issue as well as flame partisan divisions in Congress that have stymied the humane resolution of this fundamentally non-political issue.

I implore Congress and the administration to finally step up and do the right thing for all Dreamers by providing them with permanent legal status that includes a path to full citizenship through the enactment of the DREAM Act.

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