GAO Finds Wolf and Cuccinelli Not Qualified to Hold their Positions, DHS Must Rescind Their Illegitimate Memo Dismantling DACA

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The Supreme Court ruled that DACA be reinstituted to the original 2012 Napolitano memo, which includes accepting new applications and requests for advanced parole.

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Government Accountability Office said that Chad Wolf, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary, were invalidly appointed and therefore ineligible to hold these positions. On July 20 Wolf issued a new memo set to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as we know it, refusing new applications and slashing renewals in half. 

Greisa Martínez Rosas, Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“The Trump administration has been hellbent on harming DACA recipients and DACA-eligible young people since its initial rescission of DACA in 2017, but immigrant youth won on DACA at the Supreme Court in June. Yet, Trump refused to accept this, instead plowing through with a new DACA memo in July to dismantle DACA as we know it. What’s clear today from the Government Accountability Office is that Chad Wolf did not have the authority to issue this memo in the first place. 

The Department of Homeland Security must immediately rescind their latest DACA memo, and allow for new DACA applications to be accepted; in addition to issuing DACA renewals for 2-year periods and processing requests for advanced parole. Both Wolf and Cuccinelli have done serious damage during their time at DHS, including recently deploying CBP agents to terrorize protestors in cities like Portland and Chicago. They must immediately step down.” 


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.