Updated: Aug 13, 2020

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that the City of Los Angeles, in partnership with L.A. County, is leading 105 cities and counties in an amicus brief at SCOTUS in support of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. While roughly 13% of DACA recipients, known as the Dreamers, live in L.A., the 105 cities and counties are from 30 different states and represent a wide spectrum of economic, political and cultural perspectives. The lawsuit, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, was filed in 2017 in response to the Trump administration's rescission of the program.

"I stand with dreamers," said Feuer. "This strong nationwide coalition stands with them, too. DACA recipients exemplify core American values of hard work, education and belief in a better tomorrow. That’s why we’re united in fighting the Administration’s unlawful, immoral attempt to rescind DACA’s protections."

"DREAMers embody the values of this country through their work ethic, their optimism, and unwavering loyalty to this nation," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. "DACA recipients are military Veterans, medical students, and workers at Fortune 500 companies. DREAMers are our friends, family members, employers, and neighbors. I join in solidarity with national coalitions demonstrating their unwavering support of DACA. The County of Los Angeles opposes this Administration’s attempts to do away with DACA. We will not stop fighting."

In addition to 105 cities and counties, the non-partisan advocacy groups National League of Cities, the US Conference of Mayors, the International Municipal Lawyers Association and the International City/County Management Association have also signed on to the brief for a total of 109 supporters.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the DACA program, granting certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children a renewable two-year term of deferred action from deportation if they have no criminal record and satisfy educational or military service requirements. Since its inception, more than 800,000 people have received deferred action protections.

In 2017, the Trump Administration, through then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke, announced that it would begin phasing-out, and ultimately rescind, DACA due to its belief that the program was unlawful. The lawsuit for which this amicus brief has been submitted to SCOTUS, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, was filed in response to the program’s rescission.

In 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s preliminary injunction restoring DACA. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari and will answer the following questions: (1) Whether DHS’s decision to rescind DACA is judicially reviewable; and (2) Whether DHS’s decision to rescind DACA is unlawful. Amici request that the Court hold that Petitioners’ decision to rescind DACA is reviewable and unlawful.

Joining the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles on this amicus brief are City of Akron, Ohio; County of Alameda, California; City of Albany, California; City of Albany, New York; City of Albuquerque, New Mexico; City of Alexandria, Virginia; Anne Arundel County, Maryland; County of Arlington, Virginia; City of Arvin, California; City of Atlanta, Georgia; City of Austin, Texas; City of Baltimore, Maryland; City of Berkeley, California; City of Boise, Idaho; City of Boston, Massachusetts; City of Boulder, Colorado; County of Boulder, Colorado; City of Burlington, Vermont; City of Cambridge, Massachusetts; County of Cameron, Texas; Town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; City of Chelsea, Massachusetts; City of Chicago, Illinois; City of Clarkston, Georgia; City of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; City of College Park, Maryland; City of Columbus, Ohio; County of Contra Costa, California; Cook County, Illinois; City of Culver City, California; City of Cupertino, California; City of Dallas, Texas; County of Dallas, Texas; City of Davis, California; City of Dayton, Ohio; City and County of Denver, Colorado; City of Detroit, Michigan; City of Durham, North Carolina; City of Flint, Michigan; City of Fresno, California; City of Gaithersburg, Maryland; City of Hartford, Connecticut; County of Hennepin, Minnesota; County of Holmes, Mississippi; City of Holyoke, Massachusetts; City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii; City of Houston, Texas; City of Hyattsville, Maryland; City of Iowa City, Iowa; City of Kalamazoo, Michigan; King County, Washington; City of Knoxville, Tennessee; City of Lansing, Michigan; City of Las Cruces, New Mexico; City of Lawrence, Massachusetts; City of Long Beach, California; City of Madison, Wisconsin; County of Marin, California; City of Miami Beach, Florida; City of Minneapolis, Minnesota; County of Monterey, California; Montgomery County, Maryland; City of Morgan Hill, California; City of Mountain View, California; City of New Haven, Connecticut; City of New Rochelle, New York; City of New York, New York; City of North Miami, Florida; City of Oakland, California; City of Palmdale, California; City of Palm Springs, California; City of Pembroke Pines, Florida; City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; City of Phoenix, Arizona; City of Plainfield, New Jersey; City of Portland, Oregon; Municipality of Princeton, New Jersey; City of Providence, Rhode Island; City of Richmond, California; City of Rochester, Minnesota; City of Rochester, New York; City of Sacramento, California; City of Saint Paul, Minnesota; City of Salinas, California; City of San Antonio, Texas; City of San Diego, California; City and County of San Francisco, California; County of San Mateo, California; County of Santa Cruz, California; City of Santa Fe, New Mexico; City of Santa Monica, California; City of Seattle, Washington; City of Somerville, Massachusetts; City of South Bend, Indiana; City of Stamford, Connecticut; City of Stockton, California; City of Tacoma, Washington; Travis County, Texas; City of Tukwila, Washington; City of Tucson, Arizona; City of Union City, New Jersey; City of West Hollywood, California.

To read the brief, click here.

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