ACLU Wins Protections for DACA Recipients Unlawfully Targeted by Trump Administration

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2018 —  A federal judge ruled last night in favor of three young immigrants and a class of others like them who have had their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status unlawfully revoked by the Trump administration.

“This ruling is a critical victory for young immigrants and their families across United States. The court’s order ensures that Dreamers won’t have their ability to live and work in the country they call home taken from them arbitrarily,” said Katrina Eiland, ACLU staff attorney.

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The court certified a nationwide class and issued a nationwide injunction blocking the administration from terminating class members’ DACA grants and work permits without notice, an explanation, and an opportunity to respond. The court also reinstated the DACA grants and work permits of class members who have already had them unlawfully revoked by the government.

In IEIYC & Arreola v. Nielsen, which was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Southern California, the court found that the Department of Homeland Security has engaged in a practice of arbitrarily terminating immigrants’ DACA grants and work permits based on unproven allegations or low-level offenses that do not disqualify the individual from the program.

The court held that by terminating their status in these cases without any advance notice, any chance to fight the government’s actions, or any opportunity to reinstate DACA when an individual is cleared of the allegations, DHS violated the federal Administrative Procedures Act.

More information on the case is available here:
https://www.aclu.org/cases/inland-empire-immigrant-youth-collective-v-nielsen