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MI AG Joins in Support for "Dreamers" Program

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined several states in filing a brief in the lawsuit against the federal government’s unlawful rescission of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a decision that could put 669,000 undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children at risk for deportation.

Filed last week with the U.S. Supreme Court in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California, et. al., the brief argues that allowing these individuals to participate in American society generates significant positive impacts for not only the individual states, but the nation as a whole. 

“Michigan is home to approximately 13,000 residents eligible for deferred action under the DACA program and these hard-working Michiganders paid more than $23 million in state and local taxes according to a September report from the Center for American Progress,” said Nessel. “I joined in filing this brief because the thought of their protections disappearing is unconscionable and would have significant and adverse effects on our economy, but more importantly it would rob so many of them of the only life they know—a life in America.”

The DACA program allows recipients – better known as Dreamers – to go to work or school and live without fear of deportation while pursuing their dreams. Dreamers are often students and teachers, military service members, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, health care workers, and child and elder care workers contributing to communities across the nation and the economy. 

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of University of California, et. al. on Nov. 12, 2019. More than 25 Governors or state Attorneys General are participating in the case in support of DACA.

Nessel joins the Attorneys General of Nevada and Wisconsin, along with the Governors of Kansas and Montana in filing this brief in support of the case. 

A copy of the brief is available here.