CGRS Celebrates Supreme Court Decision Upholding DACA Protections

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) celebrates today’s Supreme Court decision rejecting the Trump Administration’s unlawful termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling means that the Administration must accept new applications for DACA, as well as renewals. This will allow hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients to continue living and working in the country they call home without fear of deportation. Today’s victory is a testament to the courageous leadership of immigrant youth who have fought long and hard to preserve the DACA program and demand justice for their communities.

“While the Supreme Court’s decision allows DACA recipients and their loved ones to breathe a sigh of relief, this struggle is far from over,” CGRS Director Professor Karen Musalo said today. “The ruling leaves the door open for the Administration to end DACA in the future if it presents an alternative rationale that the court deems acceptable. It is now more important than ever that Congress pass permanent protections and ensure a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.” 

Immigrant youth and allies can learn more about what today’s decision means for their communities at