Over 1,700 undocumented UC students will be affected by outcome of DACA case before Supreme Court

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments both for and against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, on Nov. 12. Their ruling will impact the trajectory of the over 660,000 undocumented young adults in America who are DACA recipients.

DACA started in 2012 under President Barack Obama’s administration as a program to defer deportation for immigrants who came to the U.S. without documentation as children. Recipients of DACA — a status that lasts for two years before it must be renewed — are able to legally remain and work in the country. In 2017, however, President Donald J. Trump called for a “wind-down” of the program, with then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the program’s rescission.

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After the hearing, Minto participated in a call for presidents of institutions that are part of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. He said that legal scholars present discussed what might happen based on the justices’ line of questioning.

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Last updated December 3, 2019.