Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: DACA Decision Makes America Stronger

Wasserman Dean underscores contributions of young immigrants to American economy, health care, and safety.

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, has made a statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling against rescinding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the “arbitrary and capricious,” and I would argue mean spirited and short sighted efforts by the Trump administration effort to end DACA, is a rare and very welcome bit of news in these difficult times,” writes Dean Suárez-Orozco.

“The program provides young immigrants with many important benefits, including access to educational success, higher rates of employment, and housing and transportation stability. Research established that their participation in DACA has had important implications for civic engagement and leadership. Ninety-four percent of DACA recipients indicated a wish to apply for U.S. citizenship if eligible. Recipients say their DACA status has fundamentally contributed to their sense of belonging to American society. These young folks are the backbone of America, critical to our future.”

Suárez-Orozco underscores the contributions of young immigrant professionals to keeping essential services going thoughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“DACA has provided a safe and reliable mechanism through which young immigrants could integrate more fully into American communities, enabling approximately 750,000 young immigrants to contribute to communities across the country. That number not only includes nearly 30,000 health care professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic, but tens of thousands of other essential workers, including more than 9,000 teachers. 

Suárez-Orozco’s research has examined mass migration and the lives of immigrants, and the implications for their educational, economic and social success. In August 2020, he will become the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  His declaration to the Courts detailing the benefits of DACA and the negative implications of ending the program can be found at this link.

To read Suárez-Orozco’s full statement on the Supreme Court ruling to save DACA, visit the Sudikoff Public Forum website.