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Congressman Biggs' Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's DACA Decision

June 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, vacating the Trump administration’s rescission of the unlawful Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the conclusion that “the Acting Secretary did violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).” Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“In 2012, President Barack Obama disregarded the Constitution’s Separation of Powers to create the DACA program, giving temporary amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants. According to Article I, Section 8, Congress has the sole power to ‘establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization.’ Former President Obama’s action was unlawful, unconstitutional, and created chaos and uncertainty in our immigration system. Even though the Roberts decision today found that the Trump administration’s rescission of DACA violated the APA, it is ironic that the Obama administration’s decision was made completely unilaterally – and not under the APA. Thankfully, no justice found that DACA could NOT be rescinded if the APA issue was corrected.

“I’m extremely disappointed in this decision and in Chief Justice John Roberts for continuing to side with our liberal justices and against the rule of law. Our nation is a nation of laws, and those laws must be upheld in order to maintain order throughout our union. DACA obliterates that order and serves to incentivize more illegal immigrants to cross into our nation with hopes of receiving some reprieve from the federal government. Former President Obama disregarded his oath of office and responsibility to the rule of law when establishing DACA, and Chief Justice Roberts has proven himself unworthy of his oath. Americans should be outraged by this decision, and I urge President Trump and members of his administration to uphold the rule of law and fight against any amnesty to illegal immigrations.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.