STATEMENT: U.S. Supreme Court Has a Responsibility to Both DACA Recipients and the Rule of Law

Washington, D.C — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments to decide on the lawfulness of the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.

In the months ahead, more than 650,000 DACA recipients—who are parents to more than 250,000 U.S.-citizen children—as well as their friends, co-workers, employers, and classmates, will anxiously await the court’s decision.

Tom Jawetz, vice president of Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

The nine justices of the Supreme Court have a great responsibility not only to the more than 650,000 DACA recipients and their families whose fates may turn on this case, but also to the rule of law. A decision of this magnitude must be supported by a reasoned explanation that came out of a genuine, deliberative process. It is incumbent on the Supreme Court to state clearly that the administration’s failure to meet this essential legal requirement cannot be resolved by a post hoc justification first articulated nine months after the original decision was made and announced publicly.

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