BOSTON – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruled against the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also known as the Dreamers Program.
Since 2012, DACA has benefitted 800,000 young people across the country by allowing them to work legally, acquire driver’s licenses, open bank accounts, access lines of credit, purchase homes and cars, attend college, pay taxes, and obtain employer-based health insurance.
Massachusetts is home to more than one million immigrants, including nearly 20,000 DACA-eligible residents.
“Today, we won another big victory against Donald Trump in the Supreme Court. The Court ruled that the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program was an unlawful attack on our Dreamers and our communities,’ said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
“I am overjoyed with the Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing that more than 700 thousand young immigrants, including Framingham residents, some that I have the pleasure to help with DACA application, will safely remain in USA working and continue to contribute with our economy,’ said District 7 Framingham City Councilor Margareth Shepard.
“It’s relieving to see our system of checks and balances fulfilling its intended purpose, with the courts stopping this poorly considered action from the Oval Office. My hope is that this decision will bring tangible and emotional relief to the many DREAMers in Framingham who contribute so much to our community,” said Framingham State Rep. Maria Robinson, a Democrat.
“Today’s Supreme Court decision protecting DACA recipients is another victory for the values our nation has long declared but never fully embraced. We must continue the vital work of fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and countering the racism and xenophobia espoused by Trump and those who explicitly enable him through their actions and those who implicitly enable him through their silence,” said State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, who represents Framingham and Ashland.
“Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court provides must needed relief for DACA recipients and their families, but we cannot stop fighting,” said Senator Edward Markey. “We need legislation that provides permanent protections for DACA recipients and creates a pathway to citizenship for all eleven million undocumented individuals in the United States. We cannot and should not rely only on the courts to provide legal protection and dignity for our nation’s immigrants. Lawmakers and advocates must continue to push for citizenship for DACA recipients and all Dreamers in the United States. This ruling does not prevent the Trump administration from trying to end DACA again, which is why Congress must pass the Dream and Promise Act now.
“This is a huge win for our young people and our country. And we won’t stop fighting now. I urge Congress to take action to protect this program, as well as Temporary Protected Status for immigrant residents in Massachusetts and all across America,” said the Massachusetts Attorney General.
“I applaud the Supreme Court for standing up to the Trump Administration’s bullying of Dreamers. This will remove the fear and ensure due process for DACA recipients in our community and across the country. Now, Congress needs to pass meaningful immigration reform,” said District 8 Framingham City Councilor John Stefanini.
“We are a nation of immigrants, and our economy and security are stronger because of the immigrant families who have enriched our nation since its founding. We owe a debt of gratitude to the DACA recipients who are frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. To the DACA recipients who are doctors and nurses healing patients. To the DACA recipients who are essential workers keeping Americans safe and fed. To the DACA recipients who own business in Massachusetts, study at our universities, and fight for a more just and equitable future. We must keep fighting for all of them,” said Sen. Markey. “Citizenship for only some cannot be our end goal. We must work to provide a pathway to citizenship for the entire undocumented population living in the United States. Until we provide everyone with security and legal certainty, people like Donald Trump and Stephen Miller will continue to target and terrorize immigrant communities.”
“So proud of the incredibly brave plaintiffs and all of the #Dreamers who shared their stories, made their voices heard, and brought their case to the highest court in the land- your land!!! You made this moment possible,” Tweeted Congresswoman Katherine Clark.
“The Trump Administration may have tried to end DACA and the dreams of millions, but know this: my Office is your government too. We will keep our promise and stand with Dreamers every step of the way,” said Healey.
This is a culmination of a lawsuit that Attorney General Healey co-led in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA.
In February 2018, the Court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that halted DACA’s termination.
In September 2019, AG Healey joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a brief in the Supreme Court to defend the injunction protecting DACA.