SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese American advocacy group on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a program signed by former U.S. President Barack Obama to protect immigrants from deportation.
San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a grassroots group advocating the rights for Chinese and other Asian immigrants, said all immigrants, regardless of their immigration status, "have the right to stay and live with dignity and respect."
It joined other immigrant rights organizations and community leaders in urging the Supreme Court to defend the Obama-era DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
The program has shielded hundreds of thousands of people illegally brought into the United States during childhood from deportation since it was signed by Obama in 2012.
Obama's successor President Donald Trump first announced he would rescind DACA in 2017, but rulings by lower courts have blocked his government from ending the program.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard three separate cases filed in California, Washington, D.C., and New York, to challenge Trump's efforts to drop DACA.
The court decision will likely be announced by the summer of 2020.
"The DACA program is a testament of community power," said CAA immigrant rights program manager Amy Lin.
The organization said the DACA program has supported nearly 800,000 individuals with access to higher education and stable employment since it was launched seven years ago.
The Trump administration's decision to rescind the DACA program only increased fears of deportation among immigrant communities, it added.