DACA in Three Acts: Genesis, Impacts, Future


In light of the Supreme Court's decision last week on the attempted rescission of teh Deferred Action for Chilihood Arivals policy, I wrote this Policy Brief (DACA in Three Acts: Genesis, Impacts, Future) for the UC Davis Global Migration Center. The conclusion reads as follows:

"The Supreme Court’s DACA decision is in the books. DACA lives another day. However, its days may be numbered. The Trump administration may again seek to end the policy. Alternatively, it could allow DACA to continue in some form for the time being and avoid a political backlash.

Despite all the fanfare, it remains true that DACA is only a limited “fix” for some noncitizens without legal status. Only Congress can bring about meaningful and lasting immigration reform. It unquestionably has been a long time coming. The saga of DACA kept immigration at the forefront of the national consciousness and spurred a robust political movement for meaningful immigration reform that shows no signs of going away anytime soon. The nation will see how and when Congress will address immigration reform."


Reprinted with permission.

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Kevin R. Johnson is Dean of the University of California, Davis School of Law and Mabie/Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicanx Studies.

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