STATEMENT: Despite Today’s SCOTUS Decision, Congress Must Act Now To Pass Permanent Protection for All Dreamers

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California case, where a federal district court in California issued a nationwide injunction allowing DACA renewals to continue. Philip E. Wolgin, managing director for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, released this statement:

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to decline to hear Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California, is good news for Dreamers across the country. The court’s decision to not weigh in at this time on DACA is a rebuke of the Trump administration, which, in its zeal to try and stop the DACA program, took the extraordinary step of bypassing the appeals court to go straight to the Supreme Court. To date, two separate judges have ruled that the Trump administration was wrong in ending the DACA program in September, and because of these rulings, DACA recipients today can continue to apply to renew their status.

But this ruling does not help those Dreamers who were eligible for DACA but never had the opportunity to apply in the first place, who couldn’t afford the steep application fees, or who were too young to apply but would have aged in to eligibility—they are all still barred from applying for DACA. These Dreamers—as well as DACA recipients who have not been able to apply for or have not yet received their renewals—remain at risk of being ripped from their families and their communities and subject to detention and deportation—some now, and more expected on March 5 and beyond. The urgency for congressional action continues. Congress must work together immediately to pass permanent legislative protection for all Dreamers.

CAP experts are available to speak on this topic. To coordinate, please contact Elena Gaona at egaona@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6322.