Update on DACA

 In Advocating

Last week, the United States Supreme Court released their decision in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. In a 5-4 split, SCOTUS upheld that, given the case presented, the president could not end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The decision—which did not rule on DACA itself but rather on the legality of this particular effort to end DACA—has temporarily upheld the legal protections for nearly 700,000 DREAMers currently residing in the United States. DREAMers are those who arrived in the United States at a young age and have lived here since then.

David Jerome, President and CEO of the El Paso Chamber, explained, “I recognize that immigration is not without controversy, but in the case of DACA and the DREAMers, the immigration process provides an inherent benefit to the economy and social fabric of the country.” He added, “In a community like El Paso, we have benefited immensely from the contributions of DREAMers—socially, economically, culturally.”

The El Paso Chamber will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform because a piecemeal approach does not work.