UC statement regarding Tuesday’s federal court ruling on DACA

The University of California issued the following statement today (April 25) in response to a federal court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

We are buoyed by the ruling of a third federal judge that the administration broke the law when it tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The ruling of U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a George W. Bush appointee seated in Washington, D.C., mirrors the January decision in the University of California’s successful suit that unwound the administration’s attempt to rescind DACA, and a similar ruling by a court in New York. All three rulings found the rescission of DACA to be “arbitrary and capricious.”

We look forward to further defending our case on appeal on behalf of the thousands of DACA recipients who study at UC. These students, and all DACA recipients, must be allowed to continue to legally live, work, learn, and contribute to this country as the Americans they are. In addition to our efforts in the courts, we continue to urge Congress to pass a law that will provide permanent statutory protection for DACA.