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November 12, 2019
World Relief Urges SCOTUS to Support Dreamers, Congressional Solution to DACA
Global evangelical humanitarian organization joins USCCB, leading faith & migrant advocacy organizations to sign amicus brief
BALTIMORE, Md. –As the Supreme Court opens oral arguments on three cases related to DACA, World Relief expresses support for the over 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients around the country and urges a congressional solution to create a legal pathway to citizenship. World Relief has joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Health Association, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Center for Migration Studies and Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, to file an amicus brief in support of DACA recipients for the court to consider as they listen to arguments.
“For many DACA recipients, America is the only home they have ever known,” said Scott Arbeiter, president of World Relief. “We urge SCOTUS to support the DACA program which has allowed thousands of men and women who came to the U.S. through no choice of their own to have more stability and security in the U.S.”
Though young, DACA recipients are contributing members of America’s communities. As of 2017, 93.3% of DACA-eligible individuals were actively employed, and as of 2019, around the country, DACA recipients pay $5.7 billion in federal taxes, not to mention the $3.1 billion contributed in local and state taxes.
The three cases in question, Trump v. NAACP, McAleenan v. Vidal, and Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, address the legality of the administration’s decision to end DACA. Following the hearing in November, a decision is expected from SCOTUS in the spring of 2020.
World Relief CEO Tim Breene, commented: “By choosing not to protect DACA recipients, we would be failing to demonstrate moral leadership by caring for all members of our community. Many DACA recipients have contributed tremendously to our country. We urge Congress to pass legislation like the DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients.”
Though President Trump has previously expressed willingness to compromise and create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, bipartisan legislation such as the DREAM Act remains pending. World Relief urges Congress and the president to act now to create a legislative solution.
About World Relief:
World Relief is a global Christian humanitarian organization that seeks to overcome violence, poverty and injustice. Through love in action, we bring hope, healing and restoration to millions of the world’s most vulnerable women, men and children through vital and sustainable programs in disaster response, health and child development, economic development and peacebuilding, as well as refugee and immigration services in the U.S. For 75 years, we’ve partnered with churches and communities, currently across more than 20 countries, to provide relief from suffering and help people rebuild their lives.
Learn more at worldrelief.org.