Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Relating to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Jun 18, 2020
In a 5-4 decision today, the United States Supreme Court rejected an attempt to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Announced in June 2012, this program provides relief from deportation for specific individuals who receive DACA status. The ruling, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., provides reprieve for nearly 650,000 recipients known as “Dreamers,” many of whom are students at community colleges across the country.
Houston Community College (HCC) has a long-standing history of supporting its DACA students. Through a resolution in 2017 the HCC Board of Trustees illustrated the institution’s support and commitment to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students. The resolution specifically pointed to support of statutes that recognize the importance of higher education for the public good and economic development. An example of such legislation referenced in the resolution is the Texas DREAM Act which grants in-state tuition to all students, regardless of immigration status. HCC continues to stand by this resolution.
We are proud that DACA students have chosen our college to pursue their education. Today’s Supreme Court ruling reaffirms our mission to provide opportunities for all students in support of their quest to improve the quality of their lives and the lives of their families, while also supporting the Texas economy. While the ruling today delivers relief for Dreamers, we are keenly aware that it is a temporary reprieve that requires legislative action by our U.S. Congress to ensure a future for all affected students in the United States, including 80,000 individuals in the Houston area.
As it is important that our students continue to focus on their studies, I want them to know that counselors and advisors are available to discuss their concerns and continue to support their success.
Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., P.E.