The NAACP filed its case in September of last year against President Trump, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for the DACA program. The NAACP was joined in the case by two of the nation’s largest labor unions- the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the United Commercial Food Workers (UCFW). Later Princeton University and Microsoft Corporation filed a similar case that was joined with the NAACP case.
“This is a major win for advocates for justice and a compassionate democracy,” said NAACP General Counsel Bradford M. Berry. “
There are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients across the country, including some who are NAACP members, and many more who are DACA eligible. The vast majority of DACA registrants and those eligible for DACA are people of color. More than 80% of registrants are of Mexican origin, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute; about 36,000 immigrants of African origin were also immediately eligible for the DACA program. Additionally, the report shows that over 20,000 undocumented youth from the Dominican Republic and Jamaica are eligible for DACA.
“Ending the DACA program was neither right nor lawful. Given the unstable political climate our clients and the other Dreamers faced, it’s great to know that their education and livelihood will be able to continue without the looming threat of deportation,” said Joseph M. Sellers, Partner at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, who served as lead attorney for the NAACP in the case.