(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/12/19) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the U.S. Supreme Court to oppose President Trump’s attempt to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which safeguards from deportation more than 600,000 undocumented young people — known as “dreamers” — brought to the United States as children.
This morning, the Supreme Court head 80 minutes of oral arguments between Trump administration Solicitor General of the U.S. Noel Francisco and California Solicitor General Michael Mongan, who represents state and local government’s challenging Trump’s attempt to dismantle DACA. The court’s ruling is expected to be handed down until next spring or summer.
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In a statement released by CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization:
“The American Muslims community stands with the more than 600,000 undocumented young people who were brought to our nation as children. As with the Muslim Ban, President Trump’s attempt to terminate DACA is driven by the demands of anti-immigrant extremists.
“The U.S. Supreme Court must stand with the Dreamers, some of the most dynamic and success-oriented members of our society.
“The court should reject Trump’s use of the threat to end DACA as a bargaining chip to extract immigration concessions from Congress.
“President Trump should also be repudiated by all Americans for tweeting that Dreamers are ”˜tough, hardened criminals.’ Terminating DACA would not only create fear and anxiety for dreamers and their loved ones but massively disrupt our nation’s economy and educational systems.
“Without DACA, countless young Americans would be forced back to living in the shadows, rendering them unable to contribute to our nation’s social fabric and economy.
“American Muslims will continue to push for measures that protect undocumented youth and support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a roadmap to citizenship for the nation’s 12 million undocumented residents.”
In 2018, CAIR welcomed the Supreme Court issuing a temporary nationwide injunction denying the Trump administration’s attempt end DACA in response to the University of California’s legal challenge.
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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.