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WASHINGTON, D.C. June 18, 2020 — In a highly-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court announced its ruling today on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, concluding that the Acting DHS Secretary violated the Administrative Procedures Act, thereby vacating the decision to rescind DACA — for now. 

Although it is a welcome decision and one to celebrate, the future of the program is still unknown. The administration’s ability to rescind DACA remains, leaving the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and the U.S. communities that rely on their contribution in a state of flux.

It is time for Congress to step in. We need bipartisan legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship and non-controversial border infrastructure improvements. We believe the success of such a bipartisan bill will turn on the ability to effectively tie citizenship to marked improvements on effective border security measures. 

“Working towards an acceptable solution will require reasonable tradeoffs, but it’s time to permanently legalize this population,” said Kristie De Peña, Niskanen’s vice president of policy and director of immigration. “While we anticipate some debate, Congress must move quickly to avoid another shutdown of the DACA program, and the deportation of thousands of Dreamers at the expense of tired partisan bickering,” De Peña added.

Along with so many Americans and Dreamers alike, Niskanen looks forward to working with our coalition partners, advocates, and lawmakers to quickly advance a permanent solution. 


The Niskanen Center is a 501(c)(3) advocacy organization established in 2014 that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policymaking process.

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