On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked President Trump’s executive order to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program. DACA recipients can continue to renew their deferral to be relieved of possible deportation as well as continue to contribute to society by exercising a work permit (DHS Press Release, 2012).
Generaciones en Acción is an immigrant-serving organization that understands well the multi-faceted challenges that migrants face when they transplant to a new country. Youth who arrived to the United States as children and have spent the majority of their lives living in the U.S. experience great disorientation when governmental systems exclude them from fully participating in the society they call home.
Although the DACA program continues, it has not been passed to become federal legislation, leaving it vulnerable for termination if another executive order attempts to end it. Furthermore, the current DACA program does not provide a path towards citizenship – a demographic that ensures people have rights that must be protected and enforced (American Immigration Council, 2019).
Generaciones en Acción is acutely aware of the immediate distress as well as down-stream effects this uncertainty poses to approximately 700,000 DACA recipients. With this in mind, we sustain our commitment to unify immigrants of different generations, to create spaces of community support, and to provide tools that will empower immigrants to pursue their goals.
Together, we continue in the fight for equality for all.
To learn more about what the Supreme Court Decision means for current and prospective DACA recipients, we recommend you read the following guidance post created by United We Dream, https://unitedwedream.org/2020/06/post-supreme-court-decision-daca-guidance/
Fuentes / Citations
American Immigration Council. “The Dream Act, DACA, and Other Policies Designed to Protect Dreamers.” American Immigration Council. 3 September 2019, https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/dream-act-daca-and-other-policies-designed-protect-dreamers
Office of the Press Secretary. “Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action Process for Young People Who Are Low Enforcement Priorities.” Department of Homeland Security. 15 June 2012, https://www.dhs.gov/news/2012/06/15/secretary-napolitano-announces-deferred-action-process-young-people-who-are-low