Instrumental in Creation of DACA

AI Justice was instrumental in the Obama Administration’s adoption in June 2012 of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to work and reside, at least temporarily, without fear of deportation. In April, Cheryl Little published an Op-Ed in The Miami Herald, Rubio proposal offers way toward Dream Act, arguing that the Executive branch had the authority to provide relief from deportation for the Dreamers. Shortly thereafter, she wrote a legal memorandum on the topic. She was among a small group that met with White House officials to explain their existing power to act just three weeks before DACA was announced.