Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v Regents of the University of California.
“Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a triumph on several levels, the most significant of which is the extension of legal protections against deportation for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants across the nation, also known as ‘Dreamers.’
“The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has long championed the rights of immigrants and the need to protect their access to the legal services to which everyone, regardless of their documentation status, is entitled. We applaud the court for providing certainty to the Dreamers, who have been living in fear of being forced to depart the only country many of them have ever known as home, having been brought to the U.S. as children.
“This decision is also a victory for the rule of law, as the court rightly recognized the Trump administration failed to engage in a deliberative and genuine process when it undertook its effort to end DACA three years ago. To that end, we agree with Chief Justice John Roberts’ determination that government, regardless of who is in the White House, has a duty and responsibility when making policy that was absent in this instance.”
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