Latest Attack on DACA Shows Trump Will Do Anything to Deport Dreamers

DACA recipients should visit for information about submitting a renewal application

November 5, 2018

Juan Gastelum,, 213-375-3149
Hayley Burgess,, 202-384-1279

LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration again has taken the extraordinary step of asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider legal questions related to terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, before lower courts have issued their rulings.

The move today comes as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considers the federal government’s appeal of a preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California that partially blocked Trump’s termination of DACA and ordered that the government resume accepting applications for DACA renewal this past January. Federal courts in New York and the District of Columbia have issued similar orders.

The Supreme Court previously declined an attempt by the federal government to skip review by the Ninth Circuit in February. Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Department threatened to file a petition for certiorari before judgment with the Supreme Court if the Ninth Circuit did not rule by October 31. The government took the extraordinary step of seeking cert before judgment to appeal the decisions of district courts in three separate cases in California, New York, and the District of Columbia, without waiting for the Ninth, Second, or D.C. circuits to weigh in.

Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement:

“In the past week alone, we’ve seen President Trump fan the flames of xenophobia with racist lies, deploy exorbitant resources to further militarize border communities, and threaten to both unilaterally undo the constitutionally guaranteed right to birthright citizenship and ban certain people from exercising their legal right to seek asylum — all in service of politics.

“Today, the administration’s extraordinary legal actions attacking DACA serve as yet another reminder of the real-life impact of President Trump and his administration’s relentless attacks on immigrants and communities of color. It is clear that Trump will stop at nothing to get what he and extremists have wanted all along — to deport as many people in our communities, including Dreamers, as possible. And to do it as quickly as possible.

“Immigrant youth and their loved ones have been living in excruciating uncertainty since Trump’s attack on DACA upended their lives and put their futures in this country at risk more than a year ago. The administration’s repeated attempts to skirt established judicial processes to do away with the limited relief provided by the courts are as transparent as they are cruel.

“Those of us who have the privilege to vote have an opportunity and a responsibility to send a message this election day: that immigrant youth and immigrant families are here to stay. We must reject those who have stood in the way of solutions and elect leaders who can get the job done.

“For now, DACA recipients can continue to submit renewal applications, but the window could close soon. We encourage immigrant youth to visit for more information about the process.”


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