DACA Decision: Today We Celebrate…And Continue The Fight!
photo: PDA National Advisory Board Member Belen Sisa, Activist and
DREAMer, Speaking at a Phoenix Press Conference Today
Dan O’Neal for Alan, Mike F., Mike H., Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Donna, and Dr. Bill—your PDA National Team
Help Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) stand up for the brave, hardworking DREAMers! Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a mixed decision on the 2012 Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Dreamers, their families and thousands of immigrant rights activists are celebrating a major victory in their ongoing fight for justice. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration cannot end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, to live and work in the United States.
The Court held that the Trump administration was “arbitrary and capricious” in its mad rush to end the Obama-era DACA program. The justices, in the 5-4 decision, ruled that the Trump Administration had failed to follow procedures and had not given sufficient justification for ending the program.
So, let’s be clear; the U.S. Supreme Court ruling is a temporary victory, because unless Congress acts, Trump can just try again, this time with more premeditation.
“This is important to know. The ball is back on Trump’s court and he can still take #DACA away if he chooses to. We need to be ready to keep fighting if he tries to do this again. #DontLookAway America. We still have a long fight against white supremacy.” said Erika Andiola, Dreamer and Policy Advocate for the Human Rights group Raices.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, a DACA recipient and leader in the Dreamer advocacy group United We Dream echoed that sentiment today, “While this win will bring temporary relief to immigrant youth and our families who have been living in limbo since Trump ended DACA in 2017, our fight is not done.”
She added, “We know that the police, and the deportation force of ICE and CBP were born of white supremacy….. Today’s ruling is another reminder that when people directly impacted are those pushing for solutions, that’s when transformational change happens.”
For now, Dreamers under DACA will continue to be granted limited immigration status and protection from deportation. These young undocumented adults who grew up and have lived in the U.S. most of their lives, and know no other home, deserve a permanent solution and a path to citizenship. Let’s help them in this just cause. Please contact your Senators today!
Our fight to support Dreamers must continue. The House of Representatives has already passed the DREAM Act. It is now time that the Senate follow.
Today We Celebrate…And Continue The Fight!
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