June 18, 2020

Dear Presidents' Alliance Member,
We are thrilled to share that today, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the administration was unlawful. You can read the full opinion here . Practically, this means that DACA will continue, at least for the near future, and likely into the next administration. In short, the Court held that the decision to rescind DACA was reviewable by the courts and that such rescission was “arbitrary and capricious” under the Administrative Procedure Act. Depending on how the decision is interpreted and subsequent government action, the decision could potentially mean that applications for initial DACA and advance parole re-open.

This is a tremendous victory for immigrant youth and higher education across the country and represents the results of a hard-fought campaign led by DACA recipients. We know our collective efforts helped drive this outcome, and we couldn’t have done this work without your partnership. Despite this temporary victory, there are still a number of things we need to do to work towards a permanent legislative solution. If you or anyone you know feels personally compelled to continue the momentum and do whatever possible to support policy change, you can donate to the Presidents’ Alliance here . Any amount helps. 
Statement. Earlier today, we shared our statement on the decision with press and members; and our quotes and report on DACA enrollment in higher education were picked up by media outlets. Please feel free to share our statement widely. We also prepared talking points explaining the decision and that can be used by members when speaking to the media. Finally, below, we share an invite to our rapid response briefing on Monday to educate members on the decision, opportunities for continued advocacy, and more.
Briefing. In collaboration with TheDream.US and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, we are hosting a Rapid Response Briefing: Implications of Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA for Higher Education on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 2pm et. You can register here and using the button below. 
Speakers will include:
  • Ewaoluwa Ogundana, DACA student, Trinity Washington University
  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
  • Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University
  • Sonya Sanchez, Senior Counsel, University of California, Office of the President
  • Ishan Bhabha, Partner, Jenner & Block
The one-hour briefing will feature higher education, immigration, legal, and policy experts who will address the implications of the Supreme Court decision on DACA. It will provide an overview and analysis of the decision; its implications for current and prospective DACA recipients; impact on colleges and universities; and opportunities for state, federal, and higher ed advocacy. This briefing will feature the perspectives of college and university system Presidents and the next practical, advocacy, and support steps that campuses now can take to support undocumented students.
Thank you for your support.

Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, and Jose Magaña-Salgado, Director of Policy and Communications
Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration