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Featured Issue: Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients

In the Spotlight

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court heard several cases challenging the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA. The June 28, 2019, decision to grant certiorari threw Dreamers’ lives into even more turmoil, as their protections from deportation and ability to work hang in the balance pending the Supreme Court’s decision, which could come in early 2020. AILA calls on the Senate to immediately pass the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which was passed by the House on June 4, 2019. For more information on advising DACA clients, read AILA’s Practice Alert, Filing DACA Applications in the Wake of Federal Court Rulings and check out the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Impact blog post: The Supreme Court Heard a Major Case on DACA. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Following the Trump administration's rescission of DACA and the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for many designated countries, both at least partially enjoined by federal courts, there has been increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to pass a permanent legislation to protect Dreamers and TPS recipients. Americans have long shown overwhelming support for protecting Dreamers - polls have shown that 86 percent of Americans want Dreamers to be able to stay in the country. TPS recipients are integral members of our economy - without them, industries such as construction, restaurants and other food services, and landscaping would experience disruptions that would have serious ripple effects on the economies of several states.

Dreamers and TPS recipients make America a better and stronger nation, and it's time for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect them from deportation and secure them a future as Americans.

Legislative Efforts to Protect Dreamers

Congressional members from both political parties have introduced legislation that would protect Dreamers. Read AILA's statement on the House’s passage of H.R 6, the American Dream and Promise Act applauding Congress and calling on the Senate to immediately bring H.R. 6 for a vote. For more information on past legislative efforts to protect Dreamers, check out our AILA Policy Brief: How Dreamer Protection Bills Measure Up to learn more about past legislative efforts to protect Dreamers.

Practice Assistance Resources

AILA has issued a practice alert on filing DACA renewal applications in the wake of several federal court cases, including Regents of the University of California v. DHS in which a district court directed DHS to maintain the DACA program on a nationwide basis on the same terms and conditions as were in effect before the September 5, 2017, rescission of DACA. AILA is updating this practice alert regularly with new developments.

Government Announcements and Memos since September 5, 2017

Litigation Challenging DACA Rescission

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 17072035.