ACCT Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

June 18, 2020

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on the three Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases that were consolidated and argued in front of the Justices last year (Regents of the University of California v. Department of Homeland Security, Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen, and NAACP v. Trump). In their 5 – 4 decision, the justices ruled the Trump Administration failed to give an adequate justification for ending the DACA program, keeping the program alive.

The Trump Administration announced the rescission of the DACA program on September 5, 2017 and officially ended the program on March 5, 2018. The decision was subsequently challenged in several courts throughout the nation. The program was instituted by the Obama Administration in 2012 to provide protection from deportation and work permits for eligible immigrants who came to the United States as children without documentation, also known as “Dreamers.” 

Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President and CEO J. Noah Brown offered the following statement in response to the Court’s latest decision.

“DACA is of great importance to thousands of community college students throughout this country. We are relieved to see the Court has decided to keep the program running and allow Dreamers to remain protected. Community colleges are open-access institutions whose mission is to educate and empower students to achieve their academic and career goals. DACA is an important program that facilitates this mission, providing stability and economic opportunity such as in-state tuition for many Dreamers. This decision will allow dreamers to continue their studies in the country they call home and, upon graduation, to obtain legal work and continue contributing positively to their communities.

“While we applaud the Court’s decision, we realize DACA is only a temporary solution and call on Congress to act quickly to remedy this situation by passing the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) to provide a permanent solution for the many dreamers enrolled in our colleges.”