The DACA SCOTUS Decision: Celebrate, Learn, and Act

June 30, 2020 | Texas

On June 18th, the Supreme Court issued its decision regarding DACA. The court ruled that the Trump administration’s attempt to end the program violated federal law. Finally, DACA recipients, organizers, and advocates were able to let out a sigh of relief, knowing they now have the ability to continue to safely live, work, and study in the United States. For this reason, we cheer in victory along with DACA recipients, their families, and their communities. This decision is a testament to the power of young people, and we salute the courageous undocumented youth who organized, fought, and won.   

While it is important to celebrate this victory, the SCOTUS decision does not mean permanent relief for DACA recipients and does not consider other groups of immigrants. To move forward, we must know the key facts about this decision and take action to keep supporting DACA recipients and all groups of immigrants. 


Here’s what you need to know about the SCOTUS decision: 

  • The SCOTUS decision means that DACA is safe for now. While the Supreme Court stopped the Trump administration this time, the administration may still try to eliminate DACA in the future. In fact, Trump tweeted on June 19th, 2020 that “we (his administration) will be submitting enhanced papers to properly fulfill the Supreme Court’s ruling & request”. No action has yet been taken, but Trump’s intentions to continue his fight against DACA are clear.  
  • SCOTUS instructed that DACA be returned to its initial 2012 form. This means that USCIS should begin to accept new DACA applications, as well as continue accepting renewals. However, it is unclear at this time whether the Trump administration will try to stop these actions.
  • If this will be your first time applying for DACA, you should seek out a qualified immigration attorney to understand the risks and benefits of the program, as well as help you fill out the application.
  • The work is not over. DACA has never been and will never be enough for immigrants across the country, who live under the constant threat of detention and deportation. Immigrants need stronger, more expansive policies that help them live safe, healthy, and fair lives. 


Take action now to show your solidarity with DACA recipients and immigrant communities. Follow the steps below to support the movement for immigrant lives.