Wilcox has called for DACA recipients to “self-deport,” He said, “DACA-pushers missed their mark because the best thing for these ‘kids’ isn’t to stay here and push down blue-collar wages, but to return to Latin America and reform it. Ending DACA will help them deal with what’s really the root of the problem: corruption south of the border.” IRLI has been a driving force behind the legal attacks on undocumented youth.
- Dale L. Wilcox is the executive director of IRLI, the former state and local director for FAIR, and former counsel to Judicial Watch.
- Wilcox has advocated for harsh attrition through enforcement measures. He once said that undocumented immigrants do not “have a right to travel freely” in the U.S.
- His group has helped craft anti-immigration legislation all over the country, including Arizona’s infamous “self-deportation” measure SB 1070, Alabama’s HB 56 and Georgia’s HB 87 and efforts to end the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship.
Attacks on DACA
- Wilcox’s colleague at IRLI, Kris Kobach, helped initiate and draft anti-immigrant lawsuits like Crane v. Napolitano, the suit that pitted ICE against President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and set the stage for United States v. Texas.
- U.S. v. Texas: IRLI and FAIR filed a joint amicus brief in support of Texas at the U.S. Supreme Court on August 4, 2016.
- Brewer v. ADAC: IRLI has filed several briefs in support of Arizona in Brewer v. ADAC, currently a pending petition at the U.S. Supreme Court, which has invited the Acting Solicitor General to weigh in on behalf of the United States. Previous litigation in this case centered around the state’s right to issue driver’s licenses with a narrowly defined question regarding the President’s authority to administer immigration policy. Now the petition to the U.S. Supreme Court focuses on the constitutionality of DACA.