San Antonio, TX October 4, 2019 – The Federal Government of Mexico, through the Secretary of Foreign Relations submitted an amicus brief on October 3, 2019 with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Department of Homeland Security et. al vs. Regents of the University of California, et. al. The case scheduled for oral argument before the Supreme Court on November 12, 2019, will review the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and whether the government’s decision to end DACA is reviewable by the court and if so, whether the decision to end DACA is legal.
As Counsel of Record, long-time CEO and Managing Partner, and now Of Counsel, Ruth Lozano McChesney, and partner Faye M. Kolly from the law firm of DMCA, LLP penned the brief on behalf of the Mexican Government. The brief asserts that the Federal Government of Mexico has a vested interest under international law in protecting vulnerable groups of its citizens living abroad. In fact, nearly 80% of DACA recipients are Mexican citizens who were brought to the United States by their parents at very young ages and through no fault of their own. The Government of Mexico further cites international covenants and human rights protections and emphasizes that the termination of the DACA program will exacerbate the vulnerable position of immigrant youth by taking away the ability of the beneficiaries of the program to work, maintain a social security number, driver’s license and ability to start their own businesses. The government of Mexico explains that rescission of the program will adversely affect the health and well-being of families, the U.S. Citizen children of DACA recipients and the communities in which these young people live and work. The Government of Mexico stands behind the contributions of DACA beneficiaries, including the financial positive impact to the U.S. economy (its elimination would result in an estimated loss of $60.3 billion from the GDP over a ten-year period; and an estimated loss of $39.3 billion from Social Security and Medicare funds over the same period).
DACA bolsters the economic, educational, cultural and political ties between the United States and Mexico and thus, Mexico respectfully asks the court to support the continuation of the program.