Supreme Court upholds DACA

by Karen Burbach, UNMC public relations | June 19, 2020

Image with caption: UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, allowing students to retain their protection from deportation and their authorization to work in the United States.

See University of Nebraska President Ted Carter's statement on the ruling.

The court's 5-4 ruling allows DACA recipients to continue to renew membership in the program; it does not, however, guarantee them future protections which will be determined by the US Congress.

"We are pleased that today's announcement enables our DACA students to continue turning their educational dreams into realities," said Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., chancellor of UNMC and UNO. "They are important members of our learning community and are working hard to pursue their educational dream. We are continually inspired by the courage, focus and tenacity they've shown amid these uncertain times.

"The court's ruling is a step toward a brighter future for each of them, as well as our communities. We know we are a better university, city, state and country when all of our students have access to education and are able to become an active part of our communities, sharing their spirit, background, intellect and passion."

Since 2012, the DACA program has given temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals brought to the United States as children. Under the program, the "Dreamers" were allowed to work legally and apply for college loans if they met certain requirements and passed a background check. The Supreme Court's ruling came after the federal government declared it was illegal and unconstitutional.

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