MIT Files DACA Amicus Briefs

December 2017

On November 1, December 15, and December 22, 2017, MIT joined 18 peer institutions in filing amicus briefs in support of the plaintiffs in several lawsuits challenging the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The briefs were filed in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of New York.

The DACA program was established by the Obama Administration in 2012, and applied to certain U.S. residents who were brought to the U.S. as children but have not acquired legal immigration status. Over the past 5 years, it has allowed these young people, sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” to reside in the U.S. without fear of deportation, and has provided them authorization to work legally. The Trump administration repealed the DACA program in September. Read more about MIT’s response to the DACA repeal on the MIT News Site here. Additional information and FAQs about DACA can be found on the Chancellor's website.