On September 27, 2019, the Regents of the University of California filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Since then, hundreds of corporations, national security experts, colleges and universities, and members of Congress, among others, have filed amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs in support of DACA. After the current administration announced in September 2017 that it would end DACA, the Regents of the University of California was the first university board to sue the government. The case will be argued on November 12th.
UC President Janet Napolitano, who authorized DACA in 2012 as the secretary of Homeland Security, and John A. Pérez, chair of the UC Board of Regents and speaker emeritus of the California Assembly, issued the following statements regarding the amici support:
“We are pleased to be joined by so many voices in support of Dreamers, including hundreds of corporations, national security experts, colleges and universities, and members of Congress. The message is clear — DACA has benefited hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who simply want to continue contributing to the country and the communities they consider home,” Pérez said.
“The University of California is proud to lead this charge in support of DACA recipients at UC and across the nation, backed by hundreds of organizations lending their unique perspectives to this critical issue. It is heartening and invigorating to see so many standing with the university in pursuit of what is right,” said Napolitano.