MADISON – Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Department of Homeland Security, violated the Administrative Procedure Act in eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017. DACA protects nearly 650,000 young undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children from deportation. Rep. Neubauer (D-Racine) released the following statement in support of the decision:
“This decision is a critical move toward justice from our Supreme Court,” Neubauer said. “DREAMers are members of our community. They grew up here, built lives here, and are raising their families here. The Trump Administration’s efforts to remove DREAMers from our state and our country are cruel, arbitrary, and capricious, and I am glad that the Supreme Court’s majority saw that.”
Neubauer continued, “We know that the Trump Administration will not stop in their anti-immigration campaign, but I am grateful that our DREAMer neighbors have won this battle. I stand and will continue to stand with the DREAMers.”
Wisconsin is home to 6,720 DACA recipients, many of whom were brought to our state as early as 1997. An estimated 1,800 DACA recipients work in industries designated as “essential critical infrastructure” during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Department of Homeland Security’s pandemic response. DACA recipients contribute an estimated $24.6 million to Wisconsin’s state tax rolls annually.