A score of prestigious universities in the country such as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford asked the U.S. Supreme Court to give continuity to the DACA program for undocumented students that favors some 700,000 of these “dreamers.
A total of 19 institutions presented an amicus brief in which they argued that DACA’s interruption would prevent “notable” students from staying on their campuses and would also “undermine the educational mission of these universities by threatening their ability to attract and educate the most talented young people”.
This third party litigation support text states that “ending DACA would force future academics, innovators, and leaders to choose between retiring on the margins of our society and national economy or returning to countries they have never called home”.
“Their (dreamers’) gifts and education will be lost to this nation,” the amicus brief, presented last Friday, highlights.
Jorge Mario Cabrera, spokesman for the Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), said Monday that other educational institutions are urged to follow the example of these universities and join the national campaign to defend DACA.
This immigration relief, created in 2012 by then President Barack Obama (2008-2017), was rescinded by his successor, Donald Trump, in September 2017, which generated a wave of demands that now reached the Supreme Court.
The high court will hear arguments from both sides on November 12.
“Just like the big universities, the companies, we need the whole community to support this cause, we only have one month,” said Cabrera.
Both “dreamers” and the activists who support them have rushed to present the judges with all possible support and defend the rulings of several lower courts that declared the cancellation of the program in 2017 illegal.
Cabrera lamented that the country is going to be left without the possibility of having brilliant young people who want to contribute the best of their talents. “We call on all universities to join this support,” he said.
According to a recent analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP), currently some 661,000 young people are covered by DACA, which gives them a residence and work permit for up to two years.