Supreme Court Rules Against Trump on DACA #FAITH4DACA
The Supreme Court has ruled, against the Trump administration, that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) must be vacated. SCOTUS ruled that the administration’s rescission of DACA was arbitrary and capricious. For now, DACA will remain in place and more than 700,000 DACA recipients have temporary relief from deportation.
This is a very important victory! And there is more organizing to do!
DACA is only temporary relief, and it does not protect more than 11 million other immigrants that do not have documentation.
Since 2012, more than 825,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children have obtained protection from deportation and work authorization through DACA. Nationwide, 1.5 million individuals live with a DACA recipient, including more than a quarter-million U.S.-born children who have a DACA recipient parent.
This administration will continue to threaten immigrants and their families through policy, stoking anti-immigrant hatred, continued detention and deportations, and by continuing to deny asylum seekers entry.
This country’s policies and inhumane treatment of immigrants are rooted in our racist systems. We must defend immigrants’ rights by changing policies, policing, and deportations now. And we must also dismantle the deeper culture and systems that enable administrations to walk back gains and renew anti-immigrant policies.
ICPJ supports permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for all immigrants. We urge the community to speak up and continue to organize for safety, justice, and citizenship for all immigrants. #FAITH4DACA
TAKE ACTION AFTER SCOTUS RULING:
On June 18, 2020:
- Sign up for United We Dream webinars, including HomeIsHere Digital Rally, Community Webinar for Undocumented & DACA Individuals, Webinar for Educators. Exact webinar times and instructions will be sent to participants.
- 7 pm: United We Dream will tentatively conduct a community call for DACA individuals. Text “dacadecision” to 877-877.
On June 22, 2020, congregations, organizations, and individuals in the ICPJ network tentatively will join at:
- 1 pm: A national HomeIsHere digital rally for all DACA individuals and supporters. Text “dacadecision” to 877-877.
- Call/write Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow to support H.R. 6 American Dream & Promise Act of 2019, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring H.R. 6 to a vote. Demand the administration to:
- Extend DACA renewals.
- Reject any proposal that used DACA recipients as bargaining chips to militarize border communities, expand the deportation agencies, build a racist wall, and create additional barriers to immigrants and refugees.
- Include in COVID-19 relief packages benefits for all immigrants, documented or undocumented, such as free COVID-10 testing and treatment, extension of employment authorization for DACA and TPS recipients, and financial benefits, etc.
- Social media campaign:
- Tweet and post on Facebook to support DACA. Tag @senatemajldr, @SenStabenow, @SenGaryPeters, @interfaithimm, and use #HomeIsHere, #Faith4DACA, #DACA, #HR6
- Record a video of support, and upload to Twitter with hashtag #Faith4DACA and tag Interfaith Immigration Coalition (@interfaithimm) and tweet to members of Congress.
- Post video also Facebook and Instagram with #Faith4DACA.
- Write a letter to the editor/statement of solidarity/press release. Talking points can be found at: http://www.interfaithimmigration.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Faith4DACA-Pre-Decision-Toolkit.pdf
- Create virtual space for gathering of DACA individuals and families for prayers and story-sharing.
- Hold a virtual law webinar with DACA individuals and families.
- DACA families to finalize a preparedness plan. See: https://www.ilrc.org/family-preparedness-plan