On June 18, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ("DACA") was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act. DACA allows undocumented young adults who came to the United States as children to apply for protection from deportation. The ruling means that the DACA program will remain in place, at least for the foreseeable future.
We at the Sports Lawyers Association ("SLA") applaud this ruling and support the important pathway that DACA provides for youth to remain in the United States and thrive as part of our diverse culture. The DACA program and this ruling have a particularly important impact on sports at all levels, allowing athletes to compete in college and professional sport opportunities in the United States.
SLA is committed to providing inclusive spaces throughout our organization to encourage and facilitate participation by all people in the many opportunities available in sports and sport organizations. As the work to establish meaningful opportunity for all people continues, we are reminded of the words of Cesar Chavez, "There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day, and there is no substitute for patience and acceptance."