HSPRD Files Amicus Briefs to Defend “Sanctuary Cities” and DACA Recipients

HSPRD Files Amicus Briefs to Defend “Sanctuary Cities” and DACA Recipients

HSPRD has filed an amicus brief today in the City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, on behalf of law enforcement leaders in support of the City’s challenge to the Trump Administration’s efforts to entangle local policing with federal immigration enforcement.  The law enforcement and prosecution leaders urge the court to block the Department of Justice from requiring jurisdictions to abandon local policies designed to build trust with immigrant communities in order to receive essential federal funds that support local law enforcement initiatives. Together with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) at Georgetown University Law Center, HSPRD has filed similar briefs in challenges brought by the cities of Chicago and San Francisco, the County of Santa Clara, and the State of California.

HSPRD and ICAP have also filed amicus briefs in support of challenges to the Trump Administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  In separate suits filed by the University of California, Princeton University and Microsoft, and various individuals and states, law enforcement leaders argue 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.  On January 9, 2018, the District Court for the Northern District of California granted a nationwide injunction in the suit brought by the University of California, directing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to accept requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.  USCIS is currently accepting renewal applications.

The court challenges do not change that Congress can pass permanent relief for “Dreamers,” providing them with a path to citizenship and more security for them and their families.  HSPRD will continue to monitor developments from the courts or Congress.

HSPRD represents DACA recipients in its comprehensive immigration practice and is available to consult regarding DACA renewals and other DACA matters. The Firm provides representation in every area of immigration and nationality law, including employment and business immigration, family-based immigration,  workplace enforcement and employer sanctions, asylum and refugee matters, and deportation and removal defense.

Read the final brief here.

Read the press release here.