U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019
by Albert Rivera

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday, November 12th on cases challenging the federal government’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, including a complaint filed by Princeton University, Microsoft and Princeton graduate María Perales Sánchez.

Perales Sánchez, Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Microsoft President and Princeton University Trustee Brad Smith attended the hearing on Tuesday at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Speaking alongside Perales Sánchez and Smith outside the court following the hearing, Eisgruber said the justices heard arguments that focused on “the importance of the government speaking plainly and honestly and in a straight-forward way so that people could hold it accountable for the decisions that it makes, particularly when it affects thousands of people like María.”

“But the issues that bring us here today … go deeper than that,” Eisgruber said. “They are issues about the human consequences of this program and what it means for María and other DACA beneficiaries, and they are about the basic principles that this country has stood for over time — principles that encourage honest, hard-working people to make their homes here and that have made this country a beacon for freedom throughout its history.”