MIT Files DACA Amicus Briefs

December 2017 (updated April 2018)

Over the last several months, MIT has joined peer institutions in filing amicus briefs in support of plaintiffs and appellees in several lawsuits challenging the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The first three briefs were filed in United States District Courts in California, the District of Columbia, and New York. The more recent briefs were filed in the United States Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9th Circuits in connection with the government’s appeals of two of the lower courts’ rulings in favor of the plaintiffs, both of which resulted in the government being blocked from ending the DACA program.

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 The Trump administration repealed the DACA program in September.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.