tv Attorneys and Advocates Speak to Reporters After DACA Oral Argument CSPAN November 12, 2019 2:38pm-2:59pm EST
[inaudible conversations] >> hi, everyone. my name is new. on the family doctor and a passion health care provider. i'm a daca recipient and i'm here today as a plaintiff. my family and i moved to the united states when i was nine years old. my parents worked long hours after the restaurant to help our family achieve the american dream. following their example i would ought to be, the first undocumented person to graduate from ucsf medical school. i've also a graduate of the university of california berkeley and the harvard school of public health.
i am here today, i also has have since gone on to have been named 30 under 30, an organization that works to support undocumented immigrants to end up in health careers. i made my life nation that only to improve the health of all communities as a doctor, but also to support others in my community who share that same mission in their own journey. i'm here to share my story to the stories of with the one who is rallying here today, those who could not be here, like a few years ago when i met david, a 15-year-old unaccompanied minor who walked through our doors at san francisco general hospital. and as i was treating his asthma, i couldn't help but be reminded of my own families hesitation and confusion in accessing the health care
system. it's my families experiences that allowed me to walk on the path i am on today and have allowed me to provide compassionate, effective care to people like david. today i am one of almost 200 undocumented medical students and residents who without daca we can't complete residency training. and without daca the health and well-being of all the families that we care for also suffer. i hope today that the supreme court will uphold eventually daca, because it's legal, because it is constitutional and it has been highly effective for undocumented immigrants and our entire country. in being it simply would be consequential for all of us -- in being -- and today i look around and i see my friends, my community and everyone is here
to fight to be part of the country we love. and everybody deserves happiness, deserves safety and the place we call home. i'm proud to be a plaintiff. i'm thankful to have been in the courtroom today to make sure our voices were heard as the decision made about our lives and to make sure this country knows our home is here. thank you. >> xavier becerra, attorney general for california. we all want with a number of other individual plaintiffs along with states like new york, with attorney general james filed -- filed actors as well. i want to say to you, to the dreamers who has,, we all stand on their shoulders to try to make the case that no one is above the law and everyone must respect the law. we learn from a a very early ae
there's a right way and there's a long way to do things. the federal government tried to terminate the daca program the wrong way. and just as our parents would tell us, or as as a referee one field would tell the come if you do it the wrong way, you get penalized. this administration tried to then alter what it did and tried to correct what it did by moving the goalposts to justify its unlawful action. and just as any parent would tell you or any referee would tell you, and hope the nine justices of the supreme court will tell you, you do it the wrong way, you can't try to move the goalposts to said you did it the right way. and today we stand here very proud of the arguments that were made on behalf of the more than 700,000 daca recipients, but substantially many more dreamers
and so many, many more immigrants who are waiting to come out of the shadows. we are here to say that we understand that this nation is based on the rule of law. we understand, because we learned it from childhood, that there's a right way and a wrong way, and we are here to stand up for the right way to do things. and that's why we believe the daca recipients, the dreamers of america, and immigrants who must live in the shadow, will someday get to prove that the nine justices of the supreme court got it done the right way and we are very proud of that. let me know turn the microphone over to my dear friend from new york, attorney general james. >> thank you. i want to thank attorney general becerra and i want to thank all of the advocates, but of what you think a particular the 700 dreamers in this country including the 42,000 from new york state. i think it's critically important there were two issues discussed today, whether not the termination of daca should be reviewed by the court, and the
answer is clear. clearly the courts have wide discretion with respect to reviewing this question. and number two, the merits of the whether not the recent fight were adequate preservation, and the answer is no. they came and made inclusionary remarks both the secretary from both the sector made a conclusion remark with respect to the termination of the rescission of daca. what we say is if, in fact, are going to rescind this program, you should take into account the fact that significant number of individuals were filed over 300 briefs have relied upon this program from health hesitations, to higher education, , to businesses. i particularly want to shout out and think about microsoft for all that they have done standing up and defending daca. it's critically important that again by terminating daca would provide great distress to the countless number of individuals who are here and who are either
under the age of 16, to live and to go to school and to work. as a result of that, we cannot terminate and/or rescind of individuals have relied upon based on a whim based on the fact that individuals decided that they wanted to end. i think the words of justice breyer rhapsody critically important as well as words of justice sotomayor who indicated sonia sotomayor, who indicated it was president trump who said he would protect daca recipients. he would protect the recipients, and he is fail to do so. as a result of the statements coming out of the mouth of the president of these united states, this court should understand this as a nation of immigrants and that all of us should uphold the police and the values of our country, that is immigrants are here to stay and we should protect against the 700,000 individuals who came here for opportunity or education and for freedom.
and so in the great state of new york, it's an honor and post to be a represent the coalition, 70 minutes of the attorney generals association who filed on behalf of these individuals. and i say -- [speaking spanish] >> gracias. my name is -- i am 31. i am a plaintiff. i am a mom and i am a daca recipient. i am honored to stand it today in front of you continue our fight to defend daca. i i am from the suburbs of long island, new york, which has been home for the last 17 years. this is our home. daca is a program that forever changed my life in many different aspects. allow me the opportunity to come out of the shadows, finish college and become a homeowner. as a terrorist, they didn't daca is my duty, is my responsibility. my children are the reason why i
walk 230 miles from new york city to washington, d.c. no physical pain can be compared to the emotional pain i will feel if we are ever separated. my children deserve to stay with her mother in the place they call home. i hope that the justices can see our humanity, our worth, and our contributions that we make to this country as a good americans we are. therefore, i hope that they rule on the right side of history. i believe that we will win. our fight is not over after today. so we are fighting for daca and mark will be fighting for citizenship for all. to all the marches that work with me, the 230 miles, i love you. i admire. you have inspired me so many ways to continue fighting out only for daca recipients but for
>> home is here. >> we will try to take a few questions and then -- no, no. we're going to try to take some questions and then go ahead and that other speak but i know there are others who want to take some quick questions and then we'll go from there. >> can i ask -- who put daca in place? >> sure. secretary napolitano. >> i'm janet napolitano because the second of homeland security i authored the memo created the daca program, and now i am privileged to serve as the president of the university of california, the first university to sue the sustained daca. i'm here with former assembly speaker and current board chair of the university. we are here, with 1700 plus daca students in our student body. they are undergraduates, law students, medical students, and so the interest in this case as you might imagine is the men's.
-- is immense. >> even justice breyer said today, if i could get you to look at the cameras or they will kill me. move over low that there is what's the point? if we send this back and all they have to do is sort of jump through some sort of rhetorical hoops, what's the point. >> was well, i think it's more than rhetorical hoops. they have to really do an analysis of the benefits that daca produces, which are substantial and have been evidenced by and in all of the amicus briefs that have been filed. so i think and would hope that if it actually did a real analysis of daca, they would recognize this as a valid exercise of the executive authority. >> my name is grace rosa. i represent a 500,000
undocumented youth. i am undocumented, unafraid, unafraid and here to say, i stand here in the courtroom to be real clear that the lives of more than 700,000 undocumented people are at stake. and i'm optimistic that the supreme court justices will file on the side of justice. but whether or not they do that, one thing is clear undocumented organizing and young people across the country will continue to fight. we will continue to win. we will continue to establish the rule of law because at this moment it is and i could just people that are standing to defend the democracy that we also cherish. we are excited united we dream our partners all across the country have been here come 3000 people outside the courtroom and we believe we will win. with that i will pass it over to mr. ted olson who defended the case. >> daca was a program announced and administered by secretary
napolitano. it made perfect sense to designate individuals who came to this country as children, who have been vetted come have committed no crimes. the government doesn't have the authority or the power or the resources to move with respect to deportation proceedings all the people at my periods of these individuals are the last persons in the world that we want to evict from this country. this policy made perfect sense to everyone. most people realized that. this administration does not want to take responsibility for terminating it, and gave excuse by the attorney general sessions that it was unlawful and, therefore, had to be terminated. that was an excuse that makes no sense. the daca policy was lawful and constitutional, and so the
reason why the attorney general and the administration said that they were terminating it because it was unlawful is that they did not want to take ownership of the decisions. they did not want to be responsible or accountable to the people of this country and all of the individuals involved in this program that they were going to enforce the law against them. if they had done that and they had done that they would have to explain to people what this program has met and why it was being terminated, and they would have to take the blame and responsibility and accountability. and the reason it did not want to do that, , they did not wanto take responsibility for the decision, so they said they had no choice. they had no discretion. that's what we were arguing about it there. if they had reasons to explain to justify their decision, they would've done it. they didn't and they can't and they won't. we were asked during the court, well, what difference does it make? it will be sent back and do make
the same decision. they will explain the reasons. i don't think so. i don't think they want to take responsibility for this decision. they do what you explained it to the american people. they do want to own this decision and they won't do it. if we are successful and a believe we will be, the court will say that decision was not justifiable. it was not consistent with the rule of law. you can't justify it that way and it can't be sustained that way. now go back if you want to do it and do it right. they won't do it. >> and if the court doesn't do what you think, if the court does sustained the decision and doesn't even have to say that daca was illegal, they could see all kinds of things, what would it impact of that in 2020 and probably in june of 2020, an election year, what would be the impact? >> thing is that's one of the reasons they won't do this. if they had to make this decision in 2020 in an election
year, they would have to explain why they were making this harsh, cruel, mean decision. these individuals have become part of the community. they have jobs. it supported themselves. they that tens of thousands of children. they become a part of the community. they have jobs. they have served in the armed forces. you're going to rip them outeres children and threaheyd don't even know or they may not even understand the language. they are not going to do that because if they have to take -- that's what our government is all about. if you're going to make decisions yet to take accountability and responsibility for those decisions. if you're afraid to do that and don't do it, that's what will happen. they won't make that decision. >> how to explain the work permits? to get 800,000 work permits. >> congress of the united states has passed the statute that says
that if a person is in a deferred action category, that person may be given, and there's federal regulations and federal statutes, that person may be given authorization if they apply for, if they meet all of the standards and it makes perfect sense to someone that the administration has decided is not going to be deported is in a position to support himself or herself or her family and be part of the community rather than the depend upon the cover. so once the decision is made to our statutes and regulations that authorize the application for permission to work. those laws which the government has even challenged. >> we are going to leave the remaining moments of this news conference with daca recipients. you can see it in its entirety if you go to our website c-span.org. right now live coverage of the u.s. senate. lawmakers are meeting today to consider the nomination of chad