Statement of Virginia Excels on 9th Circuit Appeals Court Ruling on DACA

RICHMOND – Virginia Excels, an education advocacy organization focused on K-12 education, issued the following statement regarding the ruling yesterday from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding an injunction on the Department of Homeland Security’s rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
“Yesterday was a win for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers whose lives have been in limbo for months,” said Taikein Cooper, executive director of Virginia Excels. “Virginia Excels was proud to join with other members of the 50CAN network in filing an amicus brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Dreamers – children who should be guaranteed a right to K-12 education in the United States regardless of their immigration status. We will continue to support and fight for equity in education, for all students in Virginia.”
Earlier this year, Virginia Excels joined Partnership for Educational Justice, DelawareCAN, HawaiiKidsCAN, and NewMexicoKidsCAN by filing an amicus brief in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) rescission. The brief can be found here.

About Virginia Excels

Virginia Excels is a 501c3 education advocacy organization that is working for the day when every student in the Richmond region and across the Commonwealth has equitable access to an excellent public education, regardless of race or family income. To learn more about Virginia Excels, visit

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