Justice prevailed on June 18, 2020: By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act, blocking the administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. The Administrative Procedures Act requires officials to explain and justify abrupt changes in regulatory rules, which the Department of Homeland Security failed to do.
Chief Justice Roberts made it clear in his majority opinion that DHS could rescind DACA if it were to follow the appropriate procedures. And on July 28th, DHS's memo immediately cut off 300,000 immigrant youth from applying for the first time for DACA, eliminated permission to travel and re-enter, and slashed the DACA protections in half, from two years to one, creating chaos for the current 700,000 DACA beneficiaries.
Congress must act to end the uncertainty that has haunted dreamers since the Trump Administration first terminated the program in 2017.
The House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act in June of 2019; now it’s time for the Senate to do the same. Call on your senators and demand they pass the Dream Act (S. 874) and the SECURE Act (S. 879).
Every person, regardless of immigration status, should be able to live without fear and threat of deportation. Congress must continue to work together for solutions that move the country forward without division and fear.
Join the AFT and our partners in this work—United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, the UndocuBlack Network, Home Is Here and others—in the struggle for a permanent path to citizenship for DACA recipients, individuals with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure, Dreamers, and their families.
- AFT’s press release on the Supreme Court decision on DACA.
- Download the prek-12 toolkit for educators and school support staff.
- Select, download, print and share a selfie with one of our "I am unafraid" signs below.