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University of California party to upcoming DACA Supreme Court case

The SCOTUS decision could affect nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and their families.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The University of California is one of the parties involved in the upcoming Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case at the Supreme Court. The Justices will hear arguments on Nov. 12. 

The outcome could have a big impact on the lives of the nearly 800,000 people currently protected under DACA and their families.

DACA was created by the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 during the Obama Administration. It's a federal policy that allows some undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the country as children, the ability to defer the action of deportation and work in the country. DACA recipients must re-apply every two years to maintain their deferred status.


In September 2017, the Trump administration announced it was ending DACA, citing "legal and constitutional defects." The administration said DACA was illegal to begin with and was an abuse of executive power. The Trump administration decided to roll back the program while processing DACA renewals for the following six months.

The decision resulted in multiple legal challenges. Three separate lawsuits were filed in California, Washington, D.C. and New York. District courts in all three respective lawsuits ordered the Trump administration to stop its rollback of the DACA program.

Even before any court of appeals ruled on the issue, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to review the case. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals would also find that the Trump administration's order was "arbitrary and capricious."

In June 2019, the Supreme Court agreed to hear all three cases together.

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