Established by former President Barack Obama, DACA has allowed more than 800,000 young immigrants, also known as Dreamers, to come out of the shadows and live their lives. DACA recipients go to school, work, serve in the military, get married and start families.
But President Donald Trump sought to terminate DACA in 2017, one of his many anti-immigrant policies including the Muslim ban, separating migrant families and putting children in cages, the amended public charge rule and erecting a wall on the southern border.
The move prompted states like New York and California, legal organizations and Dreamers themselves to sue the Trump administration.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the four liberal justices, ruled that the termination of DACA was unlawful. Though the Trump administration may try to end the program again, that will likely prompt another lawsuit, by which time he may no longer be in the White House.
This decision, the second this month that protects vulnerable members of our diverse community, means Dreamers are here to stay. They are, for now, not at risk of being separated from their families and communities.
But as advocates and officials note, the fight isn’t over. While DACA protects Dreamers, federal lawmakers need to pass immigration legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for all of our undocumented immigrants.
The Dream and Promise Act, which Democrats have pushed hard to pass, is now sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk.
If the United States want a solution that allows undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, passing this bill would be a crucial first step.