Chamber Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Thursday morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Administration could not abruptly end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in a 5 – 4 decision led by Chief Justice Roberts.

The DACA program was created by President Obama in 2012, allowing individuals who came to the U.S. as children to apply for a 2-year forbearance of removal. It also allowed for work authorization and various federal benefits. There are approximately 700,000 people with DACA status throughout the United States, with an estimated 5,100 living in the San Antonio MSA.

Richard Perez said in a statement, “The San Antonio Chamber has long championed programs and policies that cultivate, attract, and retain human talent. This important population of young people matters. Today’s decision is a major victory in that fight for talent and is also an important recognition of the economic and cultural contributions of all immigrants.”

While we applaud today’s decision, which will allow participants to continue renewing their permits, we will continue advocating that Congress establish a permanent solution.

For more information on this issue and the Chamber’s engagement in comprehensive immigration reform, contact Belinda Garza Hartwig, Vice President of Economic Development, at

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