REPORT: Nearly 6,900 children in NY at risk if DACA ends


The New York State American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 6,900 children in New York would be harmed developmentally, psychologically and economically by the cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The academy, joined by nearly three dozen other organizations and leaders, filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to consider the impact of rescinding DACA on beneficiaries’ children, who are U.S. citizens. Oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 12.

The groups say that the DACA case affects children and families in every state, but New York is home to one of the largest numbers of those affected. Failing to consider the needs of the children puts their futures in jeopardy, to the obvious detriment of the communities in which they live.

The brief was co-authored by Persyn Law & Policy and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and other children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts.


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