LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that the City of Los Angeles is leading a national coalition of major U.S. cities and counties seeking to halt the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The City joined with New York, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and 21 other cities and counties as well as the United States Conference of Mayors in an amicus brief urging a nationwide injunction against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would prevent DHS from ending the program or using information obtained from DACA applicants for deportation proceedings.
"We're fighting to keep DACA alive and keep faith with the Dreamers who depended on the program when they came out of the shadows. Ending DACA and deporting the Dreamers would be unlawful and immoral," said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. "Today cities and counties across America stand with the Dreamers, who personify the American values of education, hard work, and belief in a better tomorrow."
"Los Angeles stands on the side of justice, and DACA has given hundreds of thousands of young people the security and acceptance they deserve," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Congress needs to pass the bipartisan Dream Act, and we are standing together now to support our family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who make extraordinary contributions to our communities and economy — and simply want to live peacefully in the only home they know."
The amicus brief states that local jurisdictions would suffer direct economic harm if DACA is rescinded due to the removal of hundreds of thousands of workers, business owners and taxpayers from their respective economies. The brief also states that ending DACA will make communities less safe and would lead to DACA-recipients being much less likely to report criminal activity to law enforcement out of fear of deportation.
This diverse multi-city and county coalition argues that in terminating DACA, DHS acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner, failing to comply with the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). Neither the Attorney General nor DHS provided supportable rationale for their decision to terminate DACA. To the extent that they did cite reasons for ending the DACA program, those reasons are disproven by clear evidence.
DACA was created by DHS in 2012 to allow undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to come out of the shadows and live, study and work openly in our country. Since obtaining deferred action, DACA-recipients have made substantial contributions as business owners, educators, researchers, artists, journalists and civic leaders. Tens of thousands more DACA enrollees are attending our local schools, studying to become our newest medical professionals, educators, lawyers and entrepreneurs.
The Los Angeles metro area is home to approximately 13% of all active DACA recipients. Jurisdictions joining the brief have more active DACA recipients collectively residing in their metro areas than the combined active DACA populations of 45 states.
The complete list of entities signing the brief is: The City of Los Angeles, California; the City of Austin, Texas; the City of Boston, Massachusetts, the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts; the City of Chelsea, Massachusetts; the City of Chicago, Illinois; Cook County, Illinois; the City and County of Denver, Colorado; the District of Columbia; the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii; the City of Houston, Texas; King County, Washington; the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota; the City of New York, New York; the City of Oakland, California; the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the City of Portland, Oregon; the City of Providence, Rhode Island; the City of Sacramento, California; the City and County of San Francisco, California; the City of Somerville, Massachusetts; the City of Rochester, New York; the City of Santa Monica, California; the City of Seattle, Washington; the City of Tucson, Arizona; the City of West Hollywood, California; and the United States Conference of Mayors.