SCOTUS Buys Time for Congress to Find Solution for Dreamers

During COVID-19 crisis, Dreamers helped to keep stores open

Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade association for America’s leading retailers, issued the following statement in response to today’s United States Supreme Court ruling overturning President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a welcome outcome for the 700,000 plus DACA beneficiaries who make significant positive impacts on the retail industry and to their respective communities.  The retail industry employs thousands of DACA program recipients.  Dreamers’ contributions were particularly evident during COVID-19, as Dreamers were among those who helped to keep stores open, stocked, and safe. These hardworking individuals are part of the social fabric of America and part of the retail family; they are our friends and neighbors. Today’s decision gives these workers some hope that the program they depend upon to work legally in the country that is their home can be saved. RILA implores Congress and the Administration to seek an immediate and long-term remedy to address the legal status of DACA participants.”


RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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