The Supreme Court is decide a case later this year which will decide the fate of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence has promised that if the Court decides to remove DACA, ICE will deport all the immigrants in the US that fall under that program.
This directly contradicts Chief Justice John Roberts’ statement from November, when the court heard three cases on the matter, that “they’re not going to deport the people.”
As the New York Times reported last fall, “Roberts added that both the Obama and Trump administrations have said they would not deport people eligible for the program, meaning that the main practical questions if the program is ended would be their ability to work legally, obtain driver’s licenses and the like.”
Almost 700,000 people are DREAMers, who came into the United States before the age of 16 and have lived here since 2007. Deporting them would cause a “public health crisis,” according to one study.
Roberts looks to be the key vote in the decision since there are four liberal justices and four other conservative justices. Justice Gorsuch claimed that the ramifications on the economy and communities were being taken into consideration.
Trump’s ICE Director, Matt Albence, just confirmed they intend to deport #DACA recipients if the Supreme Court rules on Trump’s side: When “DACA is done away with by the Supreme Court, we can actually effectuate those removal orders.” #SCOTUS pic.twitter.com/Qs192JBgn7
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 24, 2020
One DREAMer told USA Today, “I’ve spoken to a lot of DACA recipients, and many of them are scared. They believe they don’t have the resources, or they don’t know what resources they have.”
A remarkable 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies employ DREAMers. If the Court case is decided in favor of the Trump administration, these companies could be left without employees.
Justice Sonia Sotomayer said that if the Trump administration was going to “destroy lives,” it needed to have a better explanation.