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Attorney General William Tong

06/18/2020

Attorney General Tong Statement on SCOTUS DACA Decision

(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision today blocking the Trump Administration’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Today is a tremendous victory for Dreamers and the rule of law. For years, thousands of young people have been trapped in a terrifying limbo, their hopes and dreams on hold as we fought this case through our legal system. The Trump Administration’s attack on DACA was cruel and completely unnecessary, rooted in bad law and badly bungled procedure. This decision is a stunning legal rebuke of a centerpiece of Trump’s hate-filled and xenophobic immigration policy. This is a moment to celebrate, but our fight continues on behalf of countless other immigrant families still in the shadows, who too deserve a fair chance to achieve their American dream,” said Attorney General Tong.

In 2017, Connecticut joined 15 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's arbitrary and unlawful decision to revoke DACA. The suit argued that the Trump Administration’s attempt to revoke DACA was based on a faulty legal analysis and harmed State residents, institutions, and economies. In February 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that halted DACA’s termination. The case ultimately went to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Attorney General Tong joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general filing a brief last September.

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