700,000 Lives Hang on One Decision How The Supreme Court Could Impact the Future of DACA Recipients

The Supreme Court

On November 12th, the Supreme Court heard the DACA case. The main legal question the Supreme Court considered was: Did the Trump administration provide an adequate explanation for ending the DACA program?

If the court rules in favor of the administration, it will allow the DACA program to be phased out. DACA recipients will lose their work permits and will be subject to deportation.

The lives of over 700,000 DACA recipients, including our 434 scholars, are dependent upon this decision.

What is DACA?

The program, created by Executive Order in 2012, allows young people brought to the United States as children to apply for a temporary status that shields them from deportation and allows them to work. The status lasts for two years and is renewable, but it does not provide a path to citizenship.

The DACA program was rescinded in 2017. Although current DACA recipients can still renew, new eligible students are no longer able to apply.


Loss of 30 RV Employees

RV has about 20 employees with DACA who are at risk of losing their work permits, which could negatively impact their teams, work friends, and our entire company.

If DACA is rescinded, they could lose their ability to work here.

Maggie Figueroa

School: Graduate of NC State

Job: Associate Engineer

"Prior to the Golden Door Scholarship, I was on the brink of dropping out of college in order to save up money to afford it. Now, because of Golden Door I graduated college with honors and am working as a Software Engineer at RV."

Loss of 27,000 Healthcare Workers

There are 27,000 doctors, nurses, dentists, physician assistants and other health-care workers with DACA at risk of losing their jobs.

DACA recipients working in healthcare could serve as many as 5.1 million patients over the course of their careers.

Itzel Juarez

School: Graduate of Queens University of Charlotte

Job: Registered Nurse at Novant Health

"Every day I go to work, I think about how lucky I am to even be able to be a nurse. I started working at Novant in the last year and have already been recognized as a patient-nominated Daisy award recipient."

Loss of 20,000 Educators

20,000 DACA recipients are teachers, assistant teachers or in the process of getting certified to become teachers.

If DACA is phased out, "Teachers and staff will abruptly disappear from classrooms to the distress of their students and to the measurable detriment of educational outcomes. ”

Leslie Arreaza

School: Graduate of Meredith College

Job: NC Licensed Teacher

"Education is a path to empowerment, I have found my voice and place because of it. I hope to empower the next generation through knowledge and accessibility. If the Supreme Court rules against DACA, I will lose the ability to do so and will have to once more live in constant fear."

Loss of $460 Billion to the Economy

Ending DACA will have a major negative impact on the US economy.

  • $460 billion dollar loss in GDP over the next decade
  • $90 billion dollar loss in tax revenue
  • DACA recipients own businesses that employ a total of 86,000 people

Pablo Orozco

School: Graduate of Queens University of Charlotte

Job: Owner of E&N Underground Technicians and employs 10 people

"Before DACA, my family was essentially homeless and now that I have DACA we were able to open our own company. We are able to give back by hiring other people who have had situations similar to ours. It is a blessing to see where we are now."

Loss to the Labor Force

Losing workers with DACA will hurt the US workforce.

  • 72% of the top 25 companies in the Fortune 500 employ Dreamers
  • Replacing protected workers will cost businesses $6.3 billion dollars

Alma Islas

School: Graduate of UNC Chapel Hill

Job: Project Manager at Oracle

"Today I can say that thanks to a community who believes in young individuals for the talents that they possess and not for the documents that they lack, I am able to make decisions that impact day to day operations at a Fortune Global 500 enterprise company."

Loss to 1.5 million Families

Nearly 256,000 U.S.-citizen, children have at least one parent who is a DACA recipient; across the country. 1.5 million individuals live with a DACA recipient.

If DACA ends and Dreamers are deported, families will be split apart.

Luisa Zavala-Rodriguez

School: Junior at Villanova University

Major: Psychology

"My family unfortunately was deported last summer and it was very hard for me to deal with that loss. Luckily I have found amazing support through GDS. I know that without this scholarship, I would not be able to afford to go to college."

What happens next?

It is likely that 5 of the court’s justices will rule that the Department of Homeland Security acted properly when it rescinded the DACA program in 2017. This means there is a high probability DACA will be phased out. A decision is likely to arrive by late spring or early summer. The futures of our Golden Door Scholars hang on this decision.

What can you do?

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  • TIME magazine article on the Supreme Court hearing
  • NT Times article on the Supreme Court hearing

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