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Supreme Court Upholds DACA, Rejects Administration’s Arguments to Terminate Program

Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision against the Trump Administration, finding its termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was “arbitrary and capricious.” As a result, nearly 650,000 young people are shielded from deportation and will continue to be able to work and pursue higher education in the United States.

In response to today’s ruling, Rachel Fleischer, Executive Director of Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a major victory for the nearly 650,000 DACA recipients nationwide who have gone to school, worked and bettered their communities while building their own futures. The Court recognized that it does not matter where you were born or your immigration status — what matters is that you live here and you count.

Today’s young people are the most diverse generation in history, and our country is strongest when we embrace that. The Court had a responsibility to defend these young people, and they did. DACA recipients may breathe a sigh of relief knowing their hopes and dreams have not been taken from them.

We celebrate today’s victory and acknowledge the years of work students and their allies have done to achieve it. But we also recognize that the threat posed by this administration serves as a reminder that this country needs Congress to act on legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship that enables millions of Americans to participate fully in our democracy and our economy.

To the nation’s young people and their families who are directly affected by this ruling – including those in the YI family: We see you. We value you. We celebrate with you. We will continue to help protect the life you are building.”