Statement by Georgia Katsoulomitis, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), Regarding Supreme Court Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

June 18, 2020

“Today the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  We applaud the Supreme Court for this decision, and for determining that the administration’s actions were arbitrary and capricious.

If there has been one overriding imperative for the Trump Administration, it has been its continuous effort to penalize and demonize immigrant communities.  The DACA program was created by the Obama Administration in 2012, in recognition that young people who, through no fault of their own, had undocumented status should not be punished for that status.  In 2017, the Trump Administration sought to rescind those protections, making 800,000 young people vulnerable to deportation.

It is gratifying to see Chief Justice John Roberts join with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor to recognize that the capricious whims of an administration driven more by nativism and xenophobia than by any discernable jurisprudence is not a model for the United States, as a nation of laws, to follow.

There is more work to be done to protect the young people, the “Dreamers,” who are part of the DACA program and our immigrant communities in general. But today is a day to celebrate a victory for the Dreamers and for immigrants. The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is committed to working with our elected leaders, advocates for immigrant families, and all of our partners to protect our immigrant neighbors.  Massachusetts is fortunate to have members of Congress who care about and want to ensure fairness, justice and opportunity for all. We look forward to continuing to work with those members to fight on behalf of vulnerable men, women, and children.”

 

Expert Sources Available

Attorney Iris Gomez, a nationally-recognized expert on asylum and immigration law, is available to discuss the executive order and its potential impacts on Massachusetts. Gomez is the director of the Immigrants Protection Project at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. She specializes in litigation and legal and policy advocacy on behalf of low-income immigrants and provides training and technical assistance on immigration issues that affect low-income people throughout Massachusetts. Previously, she taught immigration law at Boston University School of Law and other area law schools.

Deirdre Giblin is a Staff Attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute in the Immigration Practice group. She has 25 years of experience in asylum and humanitarian law, including relief for juvenile immigrants such as DACA recipients. She is a frequent speaker for the American Immigration Lawyers Association as well as a guest lecturer at area colleges and law schools. Ms. Giblin is an active member of UNICEF USA, the American Bar Association Immigration Committee and Amnesty International ‘s Leadership Circle.

 

If you are interested in speaking with Iris Gomez or Deirdre Giblin, please contact Suzanne Morse at smorse@oneillandassoc.com or by phone at 617-646-1020.

 

About the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a nonprofit poverty law and policy center. It provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. MLRI advances its mission through legal initiatives and policy reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, and create a path to economic stability for low-income individuals, families, and communities.  For more information, please visit www.mlri.org or follow us on Twitter (@MassLawReform) and Facebook.

 

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