NASFAA Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

The court handed down a decision that will protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented students who were brought to this country by no choice of their own.

June 18, 2020 — The Supreme Court of the United States today ruled against the Trump administration, preventing it from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

The administration has for several years been attempting to end the program, created under the Obama administration. The 2017 decision to rescind the DACA program — which would impact hundreds of thousands of individuals, most of whom arrived in the country at an average age of 7 years old and have lived here for more than 20 years — was quickly challenged in court. 

NASFAA President Justin Draeger issued the following statement on the decision:

“Today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that will protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented students — for now. For 20 years, NASFAA has stood with both Republicans and Democrats in support of undocumented students. Dreamers were brought to this country by no choice of their own, have been raised on the same soil as other Americans, and ask only for the right to earn an education, work, and contribute to our society. While we applaud the court’s decision to uphold the program, it is not a permanent solution. Now is the time for Congress to come together and pass bipartisan legislation to codify protections for undocumented students.”

To request an interview with a NASFAA spokesperson on the Supreme Court’s decision on the DACA program, please email Director of Marketing and Communications Erin Powers at powerse@nasfaa.org.

About NASFAA

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.

Publication Date: 6/18/2020

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