As the U.S. Supreme Court Hears DACA Cases, California Stands with Undocumented Students

Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program has been pivotal in ensuring a better future, access to jobs, and some peace of mind for an estimated 700,000 DACA recipients – the largest share of whom are California undocumented youth. While the Trump Administration moved to end the program in September 2017, various lawsuits have been filed seeking to defend the program, along with unsuccessful efforts to overturn it. Of the lawsuits filed, the U.S. Supreme Court has selected and “consolidated” three cases filed at the lower federal courts to review for oral argument: Regents of the University of California v. Department of Homeland Security, Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen, and NAACP v. Trump, which they will consider all together.

There is broad concern and anxiety as the U.S. Supreme Court finally hears the case. However, it is important to know that today’s hearing will not change the current status of the program. A decision on whether President Trump’s action to end DACA was lawful will not be decided immediately. Experts expect the U.S. Supreme Court to announce its decision sometime before June 2020. Until then, current DACA recipients are still able to renew their applications and maintain their status, although no first-time applications are allowed. Read more