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STATEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK R. HERRING ON SUPREME COURT BLOCKING TRUMP’S ATTEMPT TO END DACA
~ The more than 12,000 DREAMers who live in Virginia and the nearly 700,000 who live across the country will continue to be protected under DACA; Herring has been fighting to protect DACA since Trump’s attacks began ~
“The Supreme Court’s decision to block Trump’s attempt to end the DACA program is truly historic. Today’s win for DREAMers was only possible because of brave individuals all across Virginia and around the country who stood up and demanded the rights and respect that they deserve,” said Attorney General Herring. “This country is the only home most of these young people have ever known and now they will be able to live, work, and raise families here without the fear of deportation looming over them.
“There are more than 12,000 DREAMers who call Virginia home. They have become invaluable members of our communities, our colleges and universities, and they have added billions of dollars to our economy. Today’s decision ensures that these talented young people are able to stay in the Commonwealth and will continue to make it a stronger, better place.
“These gifted young men and women deserve every opportunity to stay in this country and pursue their dreams. It has been an honor and privilege to fight alongside each and every one of you.”
Protecting DREAMers and the DACA program have been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. In 2017, his colleagues and he filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA. In February 2018, the coalition was successful in securing a nationwide preliminary injunction that halted DACA’s termination. Additionally, last September, the coalition filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in their lawsuit to protect DACA.
This year, Attorney General Herring’s legislation passed clarifying that any student is eligible for in-state tuition, regardless of citizenship status. In 2014, he made DREAMers eligible for instate tuition at Virginia colleges and universities.
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