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"Immigration Practice and Policy During the Pandemic" Webinar Series

The Supreme Court's DACA Decision and its Impact


This free webinar discusses the Supreme Court's recent decision in the DACA case, U.S. Dep't Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, explaining the court's holding, analysis, and impact. The webinar covers how the decision affects DACA recipients, immigrants more generally, universities, and U.S. workers and employers. It will also include information about the requirements to submit and renew DACA applications and related work permits, as well as potential risks in applying.

During the one-hour webinar, attendees were able to ask questions of our experts.

Webinar materials:

Date and Time:

  • Thursday, July 9, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Central 

Discussion Topics:

  • What was the Court's holding? If the issue is that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for terminating the DACA program, can that be "fixed"?
  • How did the reasoning in Justice Sotomayor's concurrence compare to Justice Roberts's majority opinion? What was the dissent's reasoning?
  • How does the DACA decision affect people who already have DACA as well as those who want to apply for it? How does it affect universities with significant numbers of DACA students and society more generally?
  • How can universities support students with DACA?
  • Since DACA provides a path to work authorization, what impact does it have on U.S. workers, employers and the economy?
  • What are the eligibility requirements for DACA? Is there any risk in applying for the first time now or renewing an application?
  • What would have been the effect of ending DACA during the pandemic?
  • What role do DACA recipients play as essential workers, particularly in health care?


  • Fatma Marouf, Professor and Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Angela Morrison, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Huyen Pham, Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Nancy Plankey-Videla, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University Department of Sociology
  • Luz Herrera (moderator), Professor and Associate Dean of Experiential Education, Texas A&M University School of Law

While the panelists are all attorneys, they will be discussing the law generally, and nothing in the webinar should be considered as legal advice. Attendees should consult their own legal advisor to address their own unique circumstances.