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University of California Files Supreme Court Brief on DACA

The University of California filed a brief on Friday in United States Supreme Court in San Francisco challenging the administration of President Donald Trump's decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The filing follows a 2017 suit by University of California President Janet Napolitano against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after President Donald Trump's repeal of the DACA program, alleging the repeal of the program violated students' rights.

U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup then granted an injunction in January 2018 that required the DHS to continue processing DACA renewal applications as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the case.

The latest filing comes as the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the case on Nov. 12.

Napolitano said Friday that the University of California would continue to "fight to protect the nearly 700,000 Dreamers here in the U.S. and in our community who are DACA recipients.

"UC DACA students are studying to be the next generation of teachers, doctors, engineers and other professions that make life better for everyone. They are young people who simply want to continue to live, learn and contribute to the country they consider home," she said.

"The Trump Administration acted illegally by ending the DACA program without offering any valid justification for doing so. Five federal courts have considered this issue and found that the administration's decision was arbitrary and capricious, and therefore unlawful," she said.

Napolitano added the University of California would continue to provide a "safe and supportive environment" for DACA students.

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