Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“Today’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in support of DACA is a victory for our country and for the nearly 800,000 young people in our country, known as ‘DREAMers.’ Today, the Justices said in their ruling that the Trump administration failed to give an adequate justification for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and that the federal government cannot carry out its plan to shut down DACA.
“As the proud daughter of immigrants, I know this country was built on the tremendous sacrifices of hard-working immigrants. Our nation’s 800,000 DACA recipients proudly fulfill that legacy every day.
“DREAMers embody the values of this country through their work ethic, their optimism, and unwavering loyalty to this nation. DACA recipients are military Veterans, medical students, and employees of Fortune 500 companies. DREAMers are our friends, family members, employers, and neighbors. DACA recipients were brought to this country as children, and they grew up in the United States. This country is their home.
“With today’s ruling, our talented DREAMers can continue to dream without fear of eventual deportation or of losing their hard-earned work permits. According to the Center for American Progress, DACA beneficiaries will contribute $460.3 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade. We all benefit from their positive contributions to our country.
“200,000 of our nation’s DACA recipients are essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many are saving lives through their work as doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals. Terminating DACA while in the middle of this global pandemic could have potentially excluded DREAMers from working in our healthcare system, which would have significantly undermined our efforts to combat COVID-19.
“Today’s landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court sets the stage for renewed efforts to seek permanent protection and a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers. I am proud of today’s ruling and am pleased that the thousands of DACA recipients who live in LA County — the county with the highest number of DACA recipients in the country — can continue to call Los Angeles County their home.”
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