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April 19, 2018 Firm Team Urges Second Circuit to Keep DACA Program

In an amicus brief, the team argues that President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would harm American colleges and universities.  The Obama-era program protects from deportation individuals brought to the country illegally as children.  Trump ended the program last year, but the courts have blocked its elimination for now.  Submitted on behalf of more than 70 schools including Pomona College, Rice University, and the California State University System, the brief contends that students protected by DACA “are among the most engaged both academically and otherwise” and enrich the campuses they attend.  The colleges also argue that they will "almost certainly lose students mid-way through their degree programs, and the retention rate for this population will drop dramatically and beyond what institutions are prepared to accommodate through normal attrition cycles."

The brief was written on a pro bono basis by a team including Partners Ishan K. Bhabha, Lindsay C. Harrison and Thomas J. Perrelli and Associate Jennifer J. Yun.

The same team also filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to preserve DACA.  That suit was filed in November 2017 on behalf of Princeton University, a Princeton student and Microsoft.  It argues that the rescission of DACA violates both the United States Constitution and federal law.

CATEGORIES: Amicus Brief, DACA

PEOPLE: Lindsay C. Harrison, Thomas J. Perrelli, Ishan Kharshedji Bhabha, Jennifer J. Yun

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