On November 8, 2018, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration from terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court found that “plaintiffs are likely to succeed on their claim that the rescission of DACA—at least as justified on this record—is arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law.” The Court kept in place a nationwide injunction issued by the lower court directing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.
HSPRD, together with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) at Georgetown University Law Center, filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of law enforcement leaders in support of DACA. Over 60 prominent national law enforcement leaders, representing over 25 million people around the country, argued that DACA has helped to enhance public safety by taking away the fear of removal from nearly 800,000 individuals who are active members of their communities, and by providing work authorization and identification to a group of people who are integrated into American society.
In addition to its amicus work supporting DACA, HSPRD represents DACA recipients in its comprehensive immigration practice and is available to consult regarding DACA renewals and other DACA matters.