Today, the Supreme Court ruled that President Trump’s 2017 decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. The decision is a significant victory for all Americans, and especially for the young immigration activists and DACA recipients who have fought tirelessly for this outcome for years. 

This decision means that Dreamers, including 29,000 DACA recipients who are working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response as health care professionals and over 200,000 more who are supporting their communities in critical infrastructure roles, will—for now—continue to be able to live and work, without fear of deportation, in the only country most have ever called home. 

Brent J. Cohen, executive director of Generation Progress, released the following statement:  

“This decision by the Supreme Court is a major victory that will give valuable peace of mind to the 650,000 Dreamers currently protected under the DACA program. But this fight is far from over. The Trump administration, whose only discernible immigration policy has been to promote nativism and white nationalism, has vowed to continue fighting to terminate DACA. For this reason it is critical for the Senate to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, to put both Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status on a pathway to citizenship.” 

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Emily Leach at eleach@americanprogress.org.

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