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Venable submits Amicus Brief challenging Trump Administration's moves to rescind DACA

January 2, 2018

Serving as counsel to amicus curiae, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Matthew McLaughlin, William Coston, Martin Saad, Sameer Sheikh, Michael Guerra, and litigation paralegal Daniel Smith assisted in drafting and filing an amicus brief in support of two consolidated lawsuits, including a lawsuit brought by attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia in the Eastern District of New York, challenging President Trump’s move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The two related cases, State of New York, et al. v. Donald Trump and Batalla Vidal, et al. v. Baran, et al., are pending in the Eastern District of New York. The brief can be found here, and the Lawyers' Committee press release here.

The brief argues that the revocation of DACA protections will result in irreversible harm not only to the 800,000 recipients and their families, but also to our country's educational institutions, businesses, economy, military, and diverse communities.

In addition to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the brief was joined by other social justice and public interest groups, as follows: Advocates for Youth, Anti-Defamation League, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Mississippi Center for Justice, National Urban League, Public Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.