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Supreme Court decision restores DACA program

Jun 29, 2020

USHRN rejoices as Dreamers can breathe a sigh of relief. On June 18th, the Supreme Court issued another welcomed ruling. This time, the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)--which protects children brought to the United States by safeguarding them from deportation and allowing them work--was restored and the Trump administration was admonished for unlawfully trying to end the program in 2017. This ruling provides much-needed relief for hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who are now once again protected from deportation and eligible for benefits like work authorization in the United States. This decision has ended nearly three long years of uncertainty, fear, and human rights abuses of DACA recipients. 

While this ruling protects Dreamers for now, activists and allies must continue the fight for a permanent solution for DACA recipients. While the Supreme Court decision did state that the Trump administration was unlawful in the way it rescinded DACA, the Court’s reasoning was that the administration did not follow the Administrative Procedures Act. Thus, the decision provides a roadmap for how to to potentially dismantle DACA through lawful means. The Trump Administration has already taken the Court’s cue and is determined to rescind DACA yet again, putting Dreamers at risk. 

We must continue fighting for Dreamers by demanding and organizing around the following urgent actions:

  1. USCIS must begin accepting new DACA applications and renewal applications again;
  2. Congress must create and pass the American Dream & Promise Act to create lawful pathways to permanent protection for Dreamers and other similarly situated immigrants -- it has already passed in the House and is awaiting action from the Senate;
  3. State and local officials must stop colluding with immigration enforcement and protect our communities from ICE;
  4. Continue to expose and fight against voter suppression.