On June 18, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, an Obama-era program that allows young, undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the country.
Bloomberg Law reports that more than 200,000 DACA recipients are essential workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, working in the healthcare, education and food-related industries. SCOTUS’s ruling preserved their jobs for now. The court’s ruling may provide only a temporary sense of relief for DACA recipients, since they ruled that the Trump “administration didn’t follow the proper rules when it ended the program, but it didn’t preclude the administration from trying again.”
Diamela del Castillo-Payet, an immigration partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, called the court’s ruling “a Band-Aid of sorts.”
“What they really need is a permanent solution,” she said. “Hopefully that’s what we will see at the next chapter for this group.”
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- "Supreme Court Blocks End of DACA," Society of Human Resource Management, June 18, 2020
About Diamela del Castillo-Payet
Diamela del Castillo-Payet is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where she is a member of the Tax & International Law practice group. Her practice focuses on employment-based (temporary and permanent) and family-based immigration petitions and applications. She represents the firm’s clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service as well as consular and other government authorities in the processing of E-2 Treaty visas for investors and managers, O-2 visas for extraordinary ability and L-1 intracompany transferee for executives, managers and specialized knowledge visas.