2nd VICTORY: U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Trump and Upholds DACA
LGBTQ Dreamers Safe for Now; But Congress Must Pass the Dream Act
In a stunning second victory this week, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Trump’s proposed cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in DHS v. Regents of the University of California.  NQAPIA led the LGBTQ community in urging the Court to uphold DACA through an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief that highlighted the special concerns of LGBTQ Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) DACA recipients. 
But the Court opinion was rooted in legal procedures and expressed no opinion regarding the validity of DACA.  The Court held that Trump needed to provide additional arguments justifying the cancellation of DACA and remanded the case to the lower court. 
For now, DACA recipients are safe and cannot be deported. But the job is not done.  DACA can still be cancelled later. 
NQAPIA led the LGBTQ community in submitting a brief to the Court that showed how more is at stake for LGBTQ DACA recipients.  DACA has helped thousands of LGBTQ API young people trying to work, study, and improve their lives in the United States. For example see stories of  Tony Choi and Bupendra Ram.
  NQAPIA thanks Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC for helping on the brief and the  35 groups - 19 LGBTQ API groups and 16 LGBTQ organization who signed onto the brief:
API Equality - Northern California (APIENC)
API PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Chapter
API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC
Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC)
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community, San Francisco
ATL Q+A, Atlanta
Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA), San Francisco
GAPIMNY (Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York)
Invisible to Invincible (i2i): API Pride of Chicago
KhushATX, Austin, TX
Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP) – Washington DC
Korean Queer and Transgender Organization of Washington D.C. (KQT DC)
Philadelphia Asian Queers
Queer South Asian Collective Community, Boston
Q-WAVE, New York City
SALGA NYC, New York City
Satrang, Los Angeles
Trikone, San Francisco
UTOPIA Seattle
APICHA Community Health Center, New York City
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Equality Federation
GLBT Fund of America, Philadelphia
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD);
Immigration Equality
Lambda Legal
Los Angeles LGBT Center
National Black Justice Coalition
National LGBTQ Task Force
Our Space, LGBT Youth Center, Hayward CA
OutRight Action International
San Francisco LGBT Center
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
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