As amicus counsel for 45 civil rights and social justice organizations, William D. Coston, Martin L. Saad, and Sameer P. Sheikh co-authored and submitted an amicus brief in the Supreme Court challenging the Trump administration's decision to terminate the DACA program. Together, with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Anti-Defamation League, the Venable attorneys have filed seven amicus briefs, including in each of the three consolidated cases now before the high court.
Since 2012, the DACA program has served as a lifeline for approximately 800,000 "Dreamers" who came to the United States as children. Following application and acceptance under the DACA program, the enrollees were authorized to study, work, and live their lives free of fear of deportation. After revealing personal information to the government and submitting to background checks, DACA recipients made economic, cultural, and social contributions in their places of work, their communities, and this nation's military. The brief argues that the Department of Homeland Security failed its obligation to take into account the reliance interests engendered by DACA prior to abruptly deciding to terminate the program. Critically, the brief discusses recent research studies that capture the profound economic and social impact DACA enrollees have had on our country thus far, and the devastating impact rescission will have on countless families and communities, not to mention the DACA enrollees themselves.