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University of California remains vigilant amid DACA decision

Supreme Court rules in favor of DACA program, but immigrant rights still have a long way to go.


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In 2017, when the Trump administration rescinded DACA, the Obama-era program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the University of California filed a lawsuit against the federal government to challenge the termination. DACA, which protects eligible undocumented youth from deportation and provides work permits, has helped some 700,000 recipients remain in the country. Ending the program would endanger the legal status of undocumented UC students and hundreds of thousands of others (“Why the University of California is fighting for DACA,” 1/13/20).


On June 18, the Supreme Court blocked the effort to end DACA by a 5-4 ruling, with Chief Justice John Roberts concluding that the administration’s decision to rescind it was “arbitrary and capricious.” The University of California hailed the ruling as a victory, but vowed to continue its fight for DACA recipients, immigrant rights and a permanent pathway toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, reminding the Los Angeles Times that the program is still vulnerable to future attacks from this administration.

Kalen Goodluck is an editorial fellow at High Country News. Email him at [email protected]g or submit a letter to the editor.