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The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice, in response to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a DACA case next term:
Donald Trump and the GOP have been hell bent on destroying DACA from day one of this administration. They want to put young people, who grew up pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States, on a path to deportation in order to hold them hostage for Trump’s nativist and cruel agenda. By agreeing to hear this DACA case, the Supreme Court is now aiding and abetting the Republican’s strategy.
Ending DACA is another in a string of epic immigration failures by Trump and the Republican Party. They are intent on crushing the dreams of Dreamers, deporting TPS and DED holders, blocking people fleeing violence, keeping children in inhumane conditions and separating families. All so Trump and his party can continue pursuing their anti-immigrant, failed strategy. This unfolds against the backdrop of the tragic deaths of Oscar Martinez and his daughter Valeria. As Adam Serwer says, cruelty is the point.
We stand with Dreamers and call on the Supreme Court to do the same and restore certainty to the lives of the 700,000 DACA recipients who rely on DACA to work, study, and fully participate and contribute to the country they call home. Lower courts across America have recognized that the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA was unlawful and the Supreme Court should follow suit. But we cannot and should not wait, especially when there is a permanent solution available. The House of Representatives recently passed the Dream and Promise Act. The Senate should do the same.
DACA is a successful and lawful program that the majority of the American people support and that this administration purposely tried to destroy for their own political gain. Today’s decision ensures that the question of Dreamers’ futures in America is fully injected into the political and public consciousness during the 2020 election. Make no mistake, the American people are solidly behind citizenship for Dreamers. A moment of truth looms straight ahead.