NYU, along with peer institutions, filed a brief with the Supreme Court supporting students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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NYU and 18 other prominent US universities have filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in support of their students who participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Arguing that DACA has, for the first time, permitted undocumented students to access educational and life opportunities on a nearly equal basis with their peers, the brief asks the Supreme Court to uphold lower court decisions blocking the Trump Administration’s efforts to eliminate the DACA program. Ending DACA, the brief argues, would unjustly force those participants currently attending NYU and the other universities to choose between withdrawing to the margins of US society or returning to countries they have never called home. Moreover, it would cost the United States the benefits of their talents and ingenuity as university graduates.

NYU has resolutely opposed the proposal to eliminate DACA since the threat first emerged in 2017.

In this brief, NYU joined Brown, CalTech, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, George Washington University, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale.

NYU is grateful to Anton Metlitsky and his colleagues at O’Melveny & Myers LLP for their thoughtful and fine work on the brief.