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Logan Smith

Bend the Arc: DACA Ruling a Victory for Everyone Who Has Fought Trump's Attacks on Immigrant Families

Congress and state / local officials must do everything in their power to continue protecting immigrant youth and their families.


Bend the Arc: Jewish Action released the following statement on Thursday in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the Trump administration lacked the authority to end the DACA program:

"Today's ruling is a major victory for immigrant youth and for everyone who has fought against this administration's constant attacks on immigrant families," said Stosh Cotler, CEO of Bend the Arc: Jewish Action. "This long fight has been led by undocumented youth since the beginning, and their victory means hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth will have their legal protections, jobs, and health care upheld."

"Unfortunately, trying to end DACA has only been one piece of Trump's anti-immigrant agenda, and we know he and his administration won't stop harming and scapegoating immigrants and communities of color in order to make this a country only for people who look like them. The fight for the safety of all immigrants is part of a larger movement that demands justice, full equity, divestment from racist systems and institutions, and investments in Black people and communities of color."

"Jewish Americans continue to believe in the promise of a more just America. We have a moral obligation to fight for a future where every person, no matter where they're from or what they look like, can live and thrive without fear. We know this may not be the Trump Administration's last attempt to get rid of DACA, but even if the program remains, Congress and local and state officials must do everything in their power to protect immigrant youth and their families. Ultimately, the only way to end the cruelty is to provide a real pathway to citizenship for all immigrants, and dismantle the detention and deportation machine that is tearing communities apart. Preventing four more years of Trump's policies from becoming a reality remains critical, and this November we will rise up as one to build a country that is truly for all of us."

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action is a leader in the American Jewish community in fighting for justice for immigrants and demanding that Congress take action to protect immigrants. Bend the Arc supported the creation of the DACA and DAPA programs after mobilizing the Jewish community in support of immigration legislation in 2013. In 2018, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action organized a historic act of civil disobedience in Washington, DC in which 82 Jewish activists were arrested on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol while demanding a clean Dream Act. Since then, activists from Bend the Arc: Jewish Action organized dozens of local "Let My People Stay" actions and protests across the country inspired by this civil disobedience, and joined more than 18,000 Jews and allies rose up against the Trump Administration's family separation policies. In partnership with the Defund Hate Campaign, we continue to fight for Congress to cut the funding of Trump's detention and deportation machine, which makes all immigrant communities unsafe.

Bend the Arc is where progressive American Jews join together to fight for justice and equality for all. We are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on progressive social change in the United States.

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