Attorney General Ford Praises Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of DACA Recipients

June 18, 2020

Carson City, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision rejecting President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The decision, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., marks the second defeat for the Trump Administration this week, after the Court’s decision protecting LGBT workers from discrimination in the workplace. AG Ford has made fighting for immigrants and other vulnerable populations a priority under his administration. In October, 2019, AG Ford led a coalition of states in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging them to protect this program.  

 In addition to the social benefits provided by the DACA program, the recipients of this program, or DREAMers, provide positive economic benefits to Nevada. The program provides recipients with the ability to apply for work authorizations, which allow them to work legally in the U.S. DACA recipients in Nevada exercised an estimated $261.8 million in spending power in 2015, and paid an estimated $19.9 million in State and local taxes. 

 “When I ran to be Attorney General, I said that I'd always put Nevada families first. DREAMers are part of the Nevada family, and President Trump has attacked our family,” said AG Ford. “I am glad that the Supreme Court has shut him down. These young people want nothing more than to continue living and working in the country they call home. By ending the DACA program, more than 669,000 undocumented young people could be at risk for deportation, including more than 12,000 DREAMers living in Nevada. Today’s Supreme Court decision protects them. That’s a win for the entire Nevada family.” 

  Case Background:

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama allowed Dreamers to live in this country as long as they meet certain criteria. These criteria include being enrolled in school, having graduated from school or a certificate program, or being an honorably discharged veteran. Additionally, each Dreamer must pass a background check showing that the recipient is not a threat to public safety. This DACA status must be renewed every two years.

 On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end the DACA program within six months. The end of the program could leave Dreamers exposed to deportation.  

 In October, 2019, AG Ford led a coalition of states in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging them to protect this program. The Trump Administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and review the case. The Court agreed, and heard oral arguments on November 12, 2019.    

 The Supreme Court’s decision is attached.