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September 18, 2023

Statement of ABA President Mary Smith Re: Court ruling on DACA

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2023 – In light of the decision last week from a federal court in Texas regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the American Bar Association urges Congress to pass legislation that provides a critically needed path to legal status and citizenship for DACA recipients and other deserving young immigrants. 

The Texas decision serves as a troubling reminder of the precarious state of affairs for many young immigrants in this country. Children should not bear the weight of decisions beyond their control, nor should the fate of Dreamers hinge on the uncertain outcomes of continuous legal battles. It is unjust to let the futures of these hundreds of thousands of young people remain clouded or threatened by legal uncertainties, especially when they have consistently demonstrated dedication, resilience and significant contributions to our communities. It is paramount that we ensure that DACA recipients have the security and stability they rightfully deserve.

The American Bar Association firmly believes in the principles of justice, fairness and the unique promise of the American dream. In line with our enduring commitment to these ideals, we implore Congress to rise above partisan divides and champion a resolution that upholds the rights and futures of these individuals. In doing so, we can affirm our nation’s commitment to fairness and truly embrace the rich tapestry of cultures and backgrounds that define and strengthen us.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.