(Arlington, VA) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today joined other circuit courts in determining that the president’s action to cancel DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was illegal. This decision overturns a lower court ruling that would have allowed the cancelation to take effect. This is the latest in a range of court decisions at the lower and appellate levels regarding the cancellation of DACA. The Supreme Court has thus far declined to consider a ruling on the question.
While some existing DACA participants remain in the system, no new applicants have been accepted since its cancellation and even those in the system have little certainty regarding if and when their deferred status will cease.
Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
“It’s unacceptable that Dreamers are still living from court case to court case, hoping that someday their futures will be clear. It’s been nearly seven years since DACA was first put in place, and years more since the first Dreamer bills were introduced in Congress.
“The American people overwhelmingly support a solution and Congress knows it’s past time to act. Lawmakers in both parties should stop playing politics with this issue and work to pass a bill that can win the support of both chambers and the White House. This uncertainty impacts lives throughout our communities – not just the Dreamers, but their families, friends and neighbors. Providing permanent legal status to the Dreamers is not controversial – it’s the clear view of most Americans. There’s no good reason to delay action any longer.”