On June 18, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — an Obama-era initiative that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. The court allowed the program to remain intact, stating that the Homeland Security Department violated the Administrative Procedures Act, which establishes the conditions for ending a federal program. The program’s beneficiaries, some 800,000 residents, are allowed to stay, at least for now, although the Trump administration may still try to cancel the program in another way. At this webinar, a panel of experts discussed what this temporary court-mandated reprieve means for DACA recipients, the reasoning of the court, the potential political consequences of its ruling and what to expect for the future of U.S. immigration policy with the November 2020 elections drawing near.
11:00 a.m. — Presentation
11:30 a.m. — Q&A
Pamela Lizette Cruz
Research Analyst, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute
Charles C. Foster, J.D.
Chairman, Foster LLP; Founding Chairman, Immigration & Nationality Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; Former Senior Immigration Policy Advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama
Luz Maria Garcini, Ph.D.
Nonresident Scholar, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute; Assistant Professor, Center for Research to Advance Community Health, UT Health San Antonio's Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
Tony Payan, Ph.D.
Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies, Baker Institute; Director, Center for the United States and Mexico, Baker Institute