The Supreme Court Made a Decision on DACA Today
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Ana Ramirez-Zarate
Orange County, CA – On June 18th, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Trump Administration wrongfully ended DACA, allowing the program to remain in place. This decision impacts nearly 700,000 beneficiaries. This is a legal battle that has dragged on since 2017 when the Trump administration first announced their intent to end DACA. What came next was a series of lawsuits against the Trump administration. As a result of these legal fights USCIS stopped accepting new applications and only allowed renewals from those who previously had DACA. On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments and finally made a decision today.
Although this is a positive outcome for DACA recipients, this is a critical point for us to continue fighting for what is right – and that is the right for our people to live a dignified life. We cannot forget that many people in our community continue to be left out, criminalized by an administration and society that has chosen to uphold narratives that dilute the lived experiences of our communities. We must use this time to demand more, demand human rights for all of the members of the community.
As a community there are next steps that we must engage in to ensure that what happened today is seen as the continuation of a larger fight to hold those in elected positions accountable, to have critical conversations within our communities about why it is important to push the envelope when it comes to immigrant rights in this country. It is time to listen to youth, parents, and everyone else that has been excluded. We must do better because our communities deserve better.
This is a call in to the community to show up, lift our voices and demand more of those around us.