Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding DACA

Linda A. Bennett-Rodriguez June 18, 2020


For Immediate Release: June 18, 2020

Contact: Linda A. Bennett-Rodriguez, Senior Attorney, 914-422-4451   


The Empire Justice Center welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of Univ. of California, which prevents the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program allows young people brought to the United States as children to apply for a temporary status that shields them from deportation, and allows them to go to school and work.

For the 700,000 DACA recipients known as Dreamers and their families, many of whom know no other homeland besides the United States, this decision provides an important measure of certainty during a time of extreme hardship. As a legal service provider, we stand shoulder to shoulder with Dreamers and all people in immigrant communities who are integral to our nation’s identity, culture, economy and success. Congress must act now to provide DACA recipients with a path to citizenship.


To find out more about Empire Justice Center, visit our website, www.empirejustice.org.


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Empire Justice Center is a statewide, multi-issue, multi-strategy, public interest law firm focused on changing the “systems” within which poor and low-income families live. We provide representation in our Westchester and Long Island offices to immigrants before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and Immigration Court, including representation of victims of crimes, immigrant victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers, persons seeking lawful permanent resident status, citizenship and DACA recipients. In addition, we assist immigrant New Yorkers in obtaining government benefits to which they are entitled, and engage in immigration policy work at the State and local level, particularly on Long Island.

Empire Justice protects and strengthens the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation. Empire Justice has offices in Albany, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and Central Islip on Long Island.


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