Statement from DAGA Co-Chairs on SCOTUS DACA Ruling

June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Democratic Attorneys General Association Co-Chairs Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Trump administration’s rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. California AG Xavier Becerra led the multistate coalition in defense of the policy.

Statement from Massachusetts AG Maura Healey and Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum, Co-Chairs of the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

“Today’s ruling is a win for democracy, and the success story that is the DACA program. What happens next is even more important.

Our thousands of ‘Dreamers’ contribute so much. They are our treasured teachers, health care providers, students, neighbors, and community leaders. Many of them are serving on the frontlines of the nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis as essential workers, keeping millions of people safe, healthy, fed, and so much more. These young people embody the best values of America. These Dreamers trusted our government when they chose to undergo the very arduous and expensive process of applying for the DACA program. They were selected by the government. Now we must uphold the commitment we made to these promising young individuals.

The Trump administration’s heartless decision to end DACA not only slammed the door on Dreamers, but also it made a mockery of our long standing values of embracing diversity and creating opportunity for those who work hard and play by the rules.

We fought every step of the way—and the fight continues. We remain steadfast in our commitment to keeping our promise to Dreamers. History is on our side.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • DACA recipients are currently fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis with reports saying approximately 29,000 are putting their lives as risk every day to make sure our country gets through this pandemic.
  • Dreamers contribute in many ways to our economy including paying $8 billion in taxes each year.
  • There is overwhelming support for the DACA program, with 67 percent of Americans saying it is very or somewhat important to establish a way for most immigrants in the country to remain here.
  • Democratic Attorneys General met the challenge of this case at every step of the away to defend Dreamers and DACA recipients. For a timeline on the case, click here.