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José Alonso Muñoz, jose@unitedwedream.org, 202.810.0746

Immigrant Youth Win at the Supreme Court; We Are Unafraid and Here to Stay

WASHINGTON - Today, the Supreme Court announced a 5-4 ruling on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program cases ruling that the Trump administration’s rescission of the program was arbitrary and capricious. The ruling allows DACA to remain in place giving temporary relief to DACA recipients and their families.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, DACA recipient and Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream Action, said:

“Today, the Supreme Court ruled against Trump’s decision to end DACA. This victorious ruling is a testament to our power as immigrant young people and allies have been fighting to protect DACA from relentless attacks from the Trump administration since he was elected; and we’ve kept nearly 700,000 people protected from deportation.

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. Today’s decision follows weeks of courageous uprising by Black people and allies to demand justice for the continued murders of Black people. We are in solitary with Black people and Black immigrants who are calling for the defunding of police. We know that the police, and the deportation force of ICE and CBP were born of white supremacy and anti-Blackness and must be defunded.

Immigrant young people of United We Dream will continue to push back against injustice in its many forms including white supremacy and anti-Blackness, which keep all people from living freely, safely and joyfully.

DACA was possible because immigrant youth imagined and demanded it. Today’s ruling is another reminder that when people directly impacted are those pushing for solutions, that’s when transformational change happens.”

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Arisaid Gonzalez Porras, DACA recipient and Georgetown University Student, said:

“I’m grateful that the Supreme Court recognized what I already knew, that DACA is right. I was 16 years-old when I first got my DACA protections. In that time, DACA has allowed me to dream big, it has allowed me to travel, to work, to feel like the rest of my peers. Yet, this is not enough. DACA is still only a temporary permit and doesn’t protect the over 11 million undoumented people living in this country. This decision does not mean the Trump administration will not attempt to rescind the program again, and we need all our state and local elected officials to take action to protect DACA recipients in their communities. The fight will continue for a permanent solution that helps people without hurting people because home is here!

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org

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