Children’s Campaign joins dozens of organizations in amicus brief describing the impact of DACA backtrack

Written by: Stephanie Perez-Carrillo
Date Posted: October 18, 2019

The Children’s Campaign joined nearly three dozen organizations and leaders across the country last week in signing on to an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief asks the court to consider the impact of rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on beneficiaries’ children, who are U.S. citizens.

Fifteen states, including Colorado, filed the brief to emphasize the traumatic impact of DACA rescission for at least 250,000 U.S-born children nationwide and 7,000 children in Colorado, naming serious developmental, psychological and economic implications. The amicus brief, an effort led by the Center on Law and Social Policy, highlights our collective role and shared responsibility in ensuring children are safe from harm, and are protected through laws and policies such as the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018.

For more than six years, DACA has significantly changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of teens and young adults without documentation, also called Dreamers. It provides eligible immigrants a reprieve from deportation and a two-year work permit. This allows Dreamers to pay federal income tax, obtain a driver’s license in certain states and contribute to the economy.

DACA has had positive impacts on young children, too. A recent study found that after DACA was introduced in 2012, the mothers eligible for the program saw an immediate improvement in their children’s mental health;diagnoses of adjustment and anxiety disorders fell by more than 50 percent among these children of Dreamers.

We know that rescinding DACA would negatively impact families and members of our community and we urge advocates and policymakers to do everything that they can to prevent this harm. Click here to read the amicus brief and here to access additional Colorado specific data.

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

About Stephanie Perez-Carrillo

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado – where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. Early on while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University, she worked in health care as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity.