Young Immigrants File 'First-Of-Its-Kind' Supreme Court Video Brief In Fight To Stop Trump From Terminating DACA

United We Dream, a cross-country network of immigrant youth, has filed what the organization has touted as the "first-of-its-kind" Supreme Court amicus brief to be delivered in part through video in its battle to stop the Trump administration from terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

While the amicus brief has been filed in a separate formal document, now published on the Supreme Court's website, United We Dream also published a series of videos sharing the stories of DACA recipients who rely on the program to stay in the U.S.

The series comes ahead of the Supreme Court's highly-anticipated November 12th hearing on President Donald Trump's attempts to terminate the program.

In one of the videos, Emmanuel A., a 25-year-old musician and DACA recipient who was brought to the U.S. by his family from Nigeria at the age of nine and settled in Maryland, describes how he wishes the Trump administration would understand that "before you're an immigrant—you're a human being."

"At the end of the day, before you're a judge, a pastor, a soccer player, before you're an immigrant—you're a human being. You're a human first," he says.

While Emmanuel is described in the accompanying amicus brief as a "talented athlete," his undocumented status "made him ineligible for many college scholarships in the U.S."

As a result, the brief says, Emmanuel was forced to leave college because his family could not afford the tuition.

Now, however, "as a full-time musician, producer, and small business owner, Emmanuel enjoys a substantial national and international following," with videos of his performances on YouTube having received hundreds of thousands of views, according to United We Dream.

Thanks to the DACA program, the brief states, Emmanuel has the "freedom to travel to perform for his fans in concerts across the nation."

And, "ever-grateful for the opportunities DACA has given him," the brief states, "Emmanuel is proud to give back," with some of the proceeds from his merchandise sales going towards supporting fellow DACA recipients.

According to United We Dream, Emmanuel is one of more than 700,000 people who have benefited from the DACA program over the last seven years.

Plaintiffs in the DACA case, which will make its way to the Supreme Court next month, have argued that the Trump administration's phasing out of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which dictates how agencies can establish regulations.

Lower courts have issued nationwide injunctions allowing beneficiaries to renew their participation in the program. However, the long-term future of DACA recipients and those who might benefit from the program in the years ahead remains unclear.

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Demonstrators, many of them recent immigrants to America, protest the government shutdown and the lack of a deal on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) outside of Federal Plaza on January 22, 2018 in New York City. DACA recipients have launched a series of video biographies as part of an amicus brief in their fight to stop the Trump administration from ending DACA. Spencer Platt/Getty
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