Appeal to Supreme Court to Reject Repeal of DACA

Several child advocacy organizations are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the fate of 250,000 children whose lives, they say, would be upended should the justices uphold the Trump administration’s decision to eliminate DACA.  At present there are approximately 700,000 people protected under DACA.

Appeal to Supreme Court to Reject Repeal of DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which the Obama administration established in 2012, allows young undocumented adults who came to the U.S. as children to apply for protection from deportation. To qualify, applicants must have graduated from high school or served in the military, not have  a criminal record and being able to pass a background check.

In 2017 the Trump Administration announced that it would end the program as part of their immigration agenda and curtail the number of adults crossing the border with young children.  Children’s health experts have been sounding the alarm on the impact of toxic stress inflicted on children impacted by the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. Studies have linked toxic stress to developmental issues with children’s brains and bodies.

The courts are set to hear the arguments on November 12, and will be tasked with deciding whether the government’s decision to end DACA is something that’s reviewable by the courts at all and, if so, whether the decision to end DACA is legal.

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