Speaker Nancy Pelosi

U.S. House of Representatives

Pelosi Statement on Amicus Brief in Supreme Court DACA Case

October 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the filing of a bipartisan, bicameral amicus brief in the Supreme Court in the case of DHS v. Regents of California, arguing that the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative was unlawful:

“Since Day One, our nation’s courageous Dreamers have faced an unrelenting assault from the Trump Administration’s xenophobic, anti-immigrant agenda.  The Administration’s disgraceful actions undermine our nation’s core values while forcing millions of families to live in fear and uncertainty.  The Supreme Court must uphold the rulings of lower courts across the country, which have determined that the Trump Administration’s cruelty in terminating DACA was illegal and must be overturned.

“The DACA initiative’s vital protections have been instrumental in freeing 800,000 patriotic young men and women to pursue their dreams and aspirations, and in the process make America more American.  House Democrats have acted decisively to pass H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which will safeguard DACA’s critical benefits and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers.  It is time for the Senate to end its obstruction, honor the will of the American people and pass this this legislation, now.

“In the courts and in Congress, Democrats are standing up for our immigrant communities.  We will continue our work to advance progress to fix our broken immigration system in a way that honors our heritage as a nation of immigrants and our responsibility to secure our borders.  We will never relent from our mission to ensure America remains a beacon of hope, freedom and opportunity for all.”