June 18, 2020

BREAKING: ACTIVISTS RESPOND TO SUPREME COURT DACA DECISION

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States announced a 5-4 ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, finding that the Trump Administration’s rescission of the program was arbitrary and capricious.

Families Belong Together Organizer and DACA recipient, Cheska Mae Perez, released the following statement in response:

“Today, the Supreme Court decided Trump wrongfully terminated DACA. This decision is delivered at a time of tremendous pain for Black people, who know far too well the experience of their families and communities being torn apart due to systemic racism and white supremacy — from criminalization, mass incarceration and detention to deportation. The fight for justice for the undocumented community is deeply connected to the fight for justice for Black people. While this decision is a step in the right direction, more must be done to protect our communities.

DACA has changed the lives of nearly 825,000 people who were brought to the United States as children—including myself.  As DACA recipients, we have been able to attend college and fill jobs that are often unattainable to those without work authorization in the United States. We have planted our roots here — many as parents to some 250,000 U.S. citizen children — and many as home and small business owners.

Without question, we need compassion and care from everyone and for everyone.  No one should have to worry about their communities and families being torn apart.

Right now, we need the government to prioritize the safety of all Americans, instead of doubling down on its draconian immigration agenda for political gain. It is time for Congress and the Trump administration to uphold the wishes of the American people by taking proper action on anti-Black violence, including the end to the deportation of Black undocumented immigrants occurring amid the pandemic, and ensuring permanent protections for TPS, Dreamers, and their families.

The United States is our home and we are here to stay.”

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The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.