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Association Files Amicus Brief in DACA Case

America’s Essential Hospitals, in coalition with 33 national hospital and health care associations, filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings that put on hold the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA provides protected status for certain undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children. Multiple lawsuits have been filed to challenge the rescission. The amicus brief was filed in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California.

If DACA is rescinded, the health care workforce would lose an estimated 27,000 health care professionals, exacerbating existing health care professional shortages.

The brief focuses on whether the government properly considered the serious reliance interests on the DACA program prior to its rescission. The government has not acknowledged the program’s broad effect beyond the direct effect on its recipients.

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for Nov. 12, and the court is expected to issue its ruling before concluding its term in June 2020.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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