Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Maryland Democrats, joined 49 other senators and 123 U.S. representatives and former lawmakers to file a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Although President Trump terminated the DACA program in September 2017, the Supreme Court is poised to hear DACA arguments on Nov. 12.
“DACA recognizes that we should not hold hardworking, innocent children responsible for the actions of their parents,” Cardin said. “These children have mostly known no other homeland than the United States of America. They are Americans in every way other than immigration status and I hope the Supreme Court can recognize these facts. The DACA program and Dreamers prove that it is possible to be both fair and compassionate, and that this country is best when we insist on being both.”
Van Hollen concurred.
“Dreamers were brought to America as children and grew up pledging allegiance to our flag. America is the country they know, and they contribute to our communities in countless ways. But President Trump’s cruel decision to end the DACA program has thrown their lives into turmoil. I urge the Supreme Court to end this uncertainty and uphold the DACA program, allowing these bright men and women to succeed and pursue the American dream.”
Elizabeth Wydra, president of Constitutional Accountability Center, which filed the brief on behalf of members of Congress, discounted President Trump’s claim that the law made him take away DACA’s protections as “completely false.”
“President Trump knows DACA is incredibly popular — and that devastating the families of DACA recipients draws righteous outrage — so he wants the Supreme Court to do his dirty work and say he had no choice but to end DACA,” Wydra said. “The question now is whether Chief Justice Roberts will follow the law and stand up to President Trump.”