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America’s Voice Reacts to DACA Ruling

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Washington, DC – The following are statements from Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice, and Yuna Oh, Political Associate for America’s Voice and a DACA recipient, reacting to today’s DACA ruling by Judge Andrew Hanen.

Vanessa Cárdenas, Executive Director of America’s Voice:

“Judge Hanen’s ruling reinforces the inadequacy and injustice of the status quo for Dreamers, which again cries out for a legislative fix. While avoiding the worst case scenario, where DACA was ended immediately for everyone, this is a further wakeup call of the cruel limbo Dreamers and their families have to live through. 

The solution to this hasn’t changed-  we need legislation that delivers Dreamers the opportunity for citizenship and to fully participate in the country they have long called home. Delivering for them is a rare point of consensus across the American political spectrum and it’s time for Congress to give Dreamers the opportunity they deserve and have earned.”

According to Yuna Oh, Political Associate for America’s Voice, who is a DACA recipient and has DACA recipients in her own family: 

“As a DACA recipient, it is infuriating to always be told I don’t belong, as this ruling does. Every day, we have to wait for Congress to act on a permanent solution so we don’t have to live in fear despite being Americans. 

DACA recipients are parents, homeowners, leaders and caregivers. We are part of the American identity, whether the GOP recognizes it or not. While being a DACA recipient opened doors in my life, without a permanent solution the opponents of DACA in the Republican Party continue to gamble with my life and the lives of 600,000 others. I am an American, and this is my home.”