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Jenner & Block’s amicus brief is filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in the case of The Regents of the University of California v. US Department of Homeland Security. Submitted on behalf of 50 institutions of higher learning, the brief supports the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary relief of the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
DACA has provided up to 2 million Dreamers – undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children – with the opportunity to apply for temporary protection from removal, pursue their education and work legally. “On September 5, 2017, Defendants announced they were rescinding DACA,” the brief says. “This misguided, arbitrary and capricious decision will harm millions of remarkable young people. But, critically, it will also harm the country, which will be deprived of the many contributions Dreamers would otherwise be able to make. Amici have collectively educated thousands of DACA beneficiaries, and we have benefited from their talents and the passion they bring to our campuses.”