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JNCL-NCLIS Celebrates DREAMers, Prepares for Next Steps

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump Administration unlawfully terminated the DACA program, but there's still work to be done to provide DREAMers a pathway to permanent status


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 26, 2020 -- The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) joins DREAMers in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Currently, over 600,000 individuals hold DACA permits, and an estimated additional 1.3 million could now be eligible.

Last week’s 5-4 ruling reasoned the Trump administration's "total rescission" of the DACA program to be “arbitrary and capricious.” This decision provides a much needed moment of hope and optimism for immigrant youth, but there is more that must be done. JNCL-NCLIS believes that the passage of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), and the Dream Act of 2019 (S.874) is a crucial next step for rightfully protecting immigrant community members.

The future of the DACA recipients has implications for a wide range of groups in the Language Enterprise including English learners, thousands of young professionals working as teachers across the country, and populations working closely with translators and interpreters. JNCL-NCLIS will continue to support DREAMers, urging Congress to create a bipartisan, legislative pathway to legal permanent residence and naturalization for young, undocumented immigrants who call the United States home.



Established in 1972, the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS) represent the Language Enterprise to the US government and business community. Our membership includes over 130 organizations, which employ more than 300,000 language professionals globally. Together, we form an all-inclusive network and encompass all areas of the language field: exchanges, research, technology, translation, interpretation, localization, testing and more. Our mission is to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to learn English and at least one other language.



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