STATEMENT: Supreme Court’s Decision to Take Up DACA Case Underscores the Need for the Senate to Pass the Dream and Promise Act

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments over whether the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was lawful. Following the announcement, Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

With the lower courts united in their position that the administration’s actions to end DACA were likely unlawful, the Supreme Court’s decision to step in and take up the case is an unnecessary intervention that will only increase the anxiety for hundreds of thousands of current DACA recipients.

Today’s announcement highlights the urgent need for the Senate to do what the House of Representatives already did by passing with bipartisan support H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which would provide permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, along with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients.

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