October 10, 2019

Senator Hirono Urges Supreme Court to Establish a Path to Citizenship for Dreamers

Hirono joined more than 170 Members of Congress to weigh in on case before high court to decide fate of Dreamers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) joined more than 170 Members of Congress and former Representatives last week in filing a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“Donald Trump put the lives of Dreamers at risk when he canceled DACA and sabotaged every effort Congress made to protect these young people. After creating this mess, he’s now looking to his appointees on the Supreme Court to ignore the law and approve his unjustified actions,” said Senator Hirono. “We must continue to fight the president’s unlawful actions to ensure that Dreamers can live their lives and pursue their dreams in the only country they know.”

President Trump terminated the DACA program in 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaos due to our nation’s broken immigration system. The amicus brief filed by bipartisan Members of Congress and former Representatives makes it clear that the program was consistent with our nation’s immigration laws and that the decision to terminate DACA was unlawful.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. 

Full text of the amicus brief is available here.

As the only immigrant currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Senator Hirono has been a leading advocate forreforming our immigration system. Senator Hirono has previously signed onto amicus briefs in the Supreme Court and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals in support of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and DACA programs.