LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The city and county of Los Angeles led a coalition of 65 local governments and four governmental organizations in an amicus brief to urge the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a July 2021 decision finding the deferred Action for the Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is illegal, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday.
What you need to know
- The Obama-era DACA program enables some undocumented U.S. residents who were brought into the country as children to receive protection against deportation
- The amicus brief claims that the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Texas ‘threaten more than just recipients of the program, but their families, neighbors, colleagues, employers, and local governments who benefit from the recipients’ contributions
- This amicus brief was filed by a coalition that includes the cities of Long Beach, Santa Monica and West Hollywood
- The coalition also includes San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Atlanta, as well as the government organizations National League of Cities and the U.S. Mayors Conference.
The Obama-era DACA program allows some undocumented U.S. residents who were brought into the country as children to receive protection against deportation.
The Amicus submission was filed Wednesday, claiming that the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Southern District of Texas threatens more than just recipients of the program, but their families, neighbors, colleagues, employers, and local governments who benefit from the recipients’ contributions.
“I continue to stand proudly with DACA recipients and advocates for all dreamers – in Los Angeles and around the country. As this incredible coast-to-coast coalition demonstrates, DACA recipients incarnate American core ideals of education, hard work and believe in a better tomorrow, “Feuer said.
“It is worth noting that 30,000 DACA recipients work as health professionals, according to the American Medical Association. These DACA recipients, like other health heroes, are an integral part of our nation’s response to the pandemic.”
The Texas Court’s 5-4 decision ended the program for new applicants and threatened the status of the 600,000 current DACA recipients.
District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote in his ruling that the program violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs federal agencies, by failing to review the normal “notice and comment” process.
The Amicus brief – a legal document that offers additional information or expertise and was filed by a separate case – was filed by the coalition that includes the cities of Long Beach, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. The coalition also includes San Francisco, New York, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Atlanta, as well as the government organizations National League of Cities and the U.S. Mayors Conference.
“Our dreamers represent the very best in our country,” said San Francisco City Attorney David Chiu. “The DACA policy benefits everyone, and allows recipients to give back to their communities and enrich our local economies. That is exactly the type of policy we should encourage and support.”
The brief is jointly led by the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers.
“With this amicus brief, the county of Los Angeles and the city of Los Angeles are leading the charge to protect the DACA. We are proud to support the county of Los Angeles along with all the politically, socially, economically and geographically diverse localities across the country united in their unwavering commitment to ensuring that dreamers can continue to contribute to their communities and achieve their goals, “said O’Melveny partner Daniel Suvor.
Opponents argue that the DACA encourages more illegal immigration and contributes to the increase in the number of unaccompanied minors and families seeking to enter the United States illegally.