With a great relief we announce that, The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday June 18, 2020 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) was illegally rescinded by the Trump Administration. The court rejected the administration’s effort to end legal protections for 700,000 young immigrants. The justices voted 5-4 to reject the Trump administration’s arguments that the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is illegal and that courts have no role to play in reviewing the decision to end DACA.
The DACA program was created in 2012 by the Obama administration to allow immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children to work and live in the country without the fear of deportation.
On April 10, 2020, Endangered Scholars Worldwide reported that the recipients of DACA were not eligible for emergency aid the US Congress set aside in its stimulus package to help students who have experienced disruptions due to the closure of campuses during the coronavirus epidemic. As the majority of DACA recipients are students enrolled in higher education institutions, this decision directly affected them. This egregious decision made it even more difficult for these students to get the money they so clearly need it.
We at Endangered Scholars Worldwide welcome the Supreme Court decision and believe that any form of discrimination against DACA recipients impedes the mission of higher learning institutions to provide safe environments in which everyone is respected, and teaching and learning are fostered.