The City of Miami Beach Stands with Dreamers and Their Families

(Miami Beach, FL) Oct 8, 2019 -

The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and hundreds of thousands of Dreamers will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on November 12, 2019.  Miami Beach, along with hundreds of cities and counties, signed an amicus brief in support of over 800,000 young immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.

“Our nation was built on the dreams of immigrants. We cannot allow the tapestry of our country to be frayed by xenophobic hate,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the DACA program, granting certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children a renewable two-year term of deferred action from deportation if they have no criminal record and satisfy educational or military service requirements.

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration, through then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke, announced that it would begin phasing-out, and ultimately rescind, DACA due to its belief that the program was unlawful. The lawsuit for which this amicus brief has been submitted to SCOTUS, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, was filed in response to the program’s rescission.

In 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s preliminary injunction restoring DACA. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari and will answer the following questions: (1) Whether DHS’s decision to rescind DACA is judicially reviewable; and (2) Whether DHS’s decision to rescind DACA is unlawful. Amici request that the Court hold that Petitioners’ decision to rescind DACA is reviewable and unlawful.

To read the brief click here.