JCJ intern Adam Friedman

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Following the decision, chairs of the Jewish Center for Justice Lawyers’ Committee Ariella Thal Simonds and Lisa Laffer issued the following statement.

JCJ and its Lawyers’ Committee celebrate today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood  Arrivals (DACA) program.  The ruling effectively protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

Not only is this decision a moral victory which demonstrates our nation’s commitment to immigrants and their families, the ruling also calls out the Trump Administration for failing to provide valid legal reasons to justify ending the program.

As descendants of an immigrant tradition, we have a moral duty to welcome the stranger, as is commanded of us on 36 occasions in the Torah. While we must remain vigilant and advocate against any future attempt to challenge the legitimacy of DACA, we are thrilled that today’s ruling upholds the rule of law and critical protections for DACA recipients and their families.

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