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Rep. Chu: SCOTUS Refusal to Hear DACA Case Does Not Change Need to Pass DREAM Act

February 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday morning, the Supreme Court opted not to hear an appeal by the Trump administration of an earlier Federal district court decision that allowed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to remain in effect for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who already received work authorization. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the Trump Administration’s request is an enormous relief for 800,000 young immigrants across the country. Since his cruel September decision to rescind DACA protections come March, Trump has been using DACA recipients as hostages for his political agenda, while painting the immigrants themselves as violent criminals, leaving them to worry about their future. For them, this lack of action means a temporary reprieve from fear and another chance to continue contributing to this country and stay with family.

“The legal justification for DACA has once again held up. The moral justification is apparent on all sides. And the economic justification is well established by non-partisan economists. Deporting these Dreamers would be wrong. Even Donald Trump knows it, that’s why he is – bafflingly – trying to blame Democrats for his decision to rescind DACA and demonize immigrants.

“Fortunately, with this order, Trump continues to be prevented from fulfilling his hateful promises. But it only applies to those who have already received DACA protections. Many others are still waiting. That is why it’s time to get back to work on a serious immigration fix that includes the DREAM Act and meets our country’s economic needs while keeping families together.”