(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Trump
administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security unlawfully stripped
hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans of their protections provided by a
2012 executive order, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision
today. The Lawyers’ Committee filed an amicus brief in the case. The following are statements
from experts at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
“For hundreds of thousands of aspiring Americans nationwide, today is a reminder about the powerful role of the Administrative Procedure Act in serving as a check on this administration’s reckless attempts to swiftly eliminate critical policies put in place during prior administrations. The Trump administration rushed to abandon carefully adopted policies and long-standing rules in ways intended to harm marginalized communities and undermine civil rights. The Court’s ruling makes clear that this administration is not above the law.”
– Kristen Clarke, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
“Today’s ruling signifies a human rights victory for Dreamers and their families. Though the work to protect our Dreamers is far from over, this ruling sends a clear signal to the Trump Administration and others who seek to hurt Dreamers that they should not stand in the way of justice and equity for all.”
– Dariely Rodriguez of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.