Atlanta joins more than 105 other cities in DACA lawsuit

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ATLANTA — Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the City of Atlanta has joined more than 105 cities, counties and municipalities in filing an amicus brief in the case of DHS v. Regents of California, arguing that the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is unlawful and unconstitutional.

“When DACA was instituted by the Obama / Biden Administration, young people had their first opportunity to step out of the shadows to pursue their dreams through hard work and determination,” Bottoms said. “These young people—DREAMers—finally had the freedom to obtain a college education and give back to their communities as doctors, nurses, teachers, and entrepreneurs and build their own American story.”

“If the Trump Administration succeeds in terminating DACA, young women and men—guilty of only pursuing their aspirations—will be driven back into the shadows, rather than participating and contributing to their communities in an open and just manner,” Bottoms said. “The City of Atlanta will always stand up for our immigrant community and ensure that the hope of a better life belongs to all who seek it.”

In September 2017, the Trump Administration ended the DACA program.

On Friday, October 4, 2019, Atlanta joined more than 105 cities, counties and municipalities in an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court.

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