Immigrant communities and the many Americans with heart are rejoicing today at this news which comes as a HUGE defeat for Trump and a triumph for immigrants: Today the Supreme Court protected DACA- our Dreamers are safe for now from the monstrous hell they have been through by this administration and its supporters, now in the minority: Since 2012, DACA has provided protection from deportation and the ability to work and live without fear for over 825,000 young immigrants. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s white supremacist agenda and sided with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients and helped protect immigrant youth and our families from Trump’s deportation force.
Since Trump started his 2016 campaign, leading to his election, immigrant youth, our families, and allies have been fighting to protect DACA and this victory speaks to the fact that the trend is now headed away from the racism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and abject hate that Trump brought into all of our lives.
Indeed this decision comes down in a time that thousands of people are taking to the streets because of the murder of people of color at the hands of the police, reflecting ongoing racism in this country. Combatting anti-Blackness and systemic racism requires all of us to commit to waking up, owning privilege, and actual action for change. We must remember that the ‘elephant in the room’ are the white supremacists who Donald Trump and the Republicans have elevated enough to be the ones who must now take responsibility and immediately desist from the ongoing attacks on Black people, Black immigrants, and the immigrant community as a whole.
The ruling means that the Administration must accept new applications for DACA, as well as renewals. This will allow hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients to continue living and working in the country they call home without fear of deportation. Today’s victory is a testament to the courageous leadership of immigrant youth who have fought long and hard to preserve the DACA program and demand justice for their communities.
“While the Supreme Court’s decision allows DACA recipients and their loved ones to breathe a sigh of relief, this struggle is far from over,” CGRS Director Professor Karen Musalo said today. “The ruling leaves the door open for the Administration to end DACA in the future if it presents an alternative rationale that the court deems acceptable. It is now more important than ever that Congress pass permanent protections and ensure a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.”
The court also left a pathway for Trump to end DACA, and so it is also important, and for the purpose of legislation that we ensure TRUMP is NOT elected to another term.
The League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase issued the following statement in response to the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in DHS v. Regents of University of California:
“Today’s decision brings a sigh of relief and celebration for the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and those seeking DACA status who led this fight.
“We know today’s decision is just one battle in the long fight for justice in the immigrant community. The League of Women Voters stands in support of DACA, and we will remain vigilant and organized in its defense. We will continue to stand in solidarity should there be further attempts by this or future administrations to end the DACA program. We need a permanent solution to a broken immigration system that includes a path to citizenship for every DACA recipient.
“In this moment, the League of Women Voters is focused on making sure every voter has access to the ballot this fall. We have the power to change immigration policy through our votes.” The League of Women Voters of the United States joined 44 other civic-minded organizations in filing an amicus brief in this case. Read statement online HERE.
Immigrant youth and allies can learn more about what today’s decision means for their communities at DACAdecision.com.
AMERICA’s VOICE: Overwhelming and Consistent Support for Dreamers and DACA in Poll after Poll – 4 out of 5 Americans Support Dreamers, Including Strong Majorities of Republicans
Americans overwhelmingly support Dreamers and DACA according to poll after poll. While question wording differs slightly, polls are remarkably consistent in finding that approximately 4 out of 5 Americans, including a strong majority of Republicans, support Dreamers:
- By 78-12%, Americans want Dreamers to stay and receive legal status (Politico/Morning Consult, June 2020.) 78% combined support for Dreamers staying with 61% backing Dreamers’ citizenship and an additional 17% supporting permanent legal status short of citizenship, while 12% support removal or deportation. The support for Dreamers staying includes 71% of conservatives, 69% of Trump 2016 voters, 68% of Republicans, and 64% of those giving Trump positive approval ratings.
- By 74-24%, Americans support Congress passing a law granting permanent legal status to Dreamers (Pew Research, June 2020). This includes 91% of Democrats/Democrat leaning respondents and 54% of Republicans/Republican leaners.
- By 85-13%, Americans support Dreamers (CBS News, June 2020). When asked, “do you favor or oppose allowing young immigrants who were brought to the US illegally as children to remain in the country if they meet certain requirements such as going to school or joining the military, and not having a criminal record?” By a 85-13% margin, the public overwhelmingly backs Dreamers, including 95% of Democrats, 84% of Independents, and 73% of Republicans.
- By 70-21%, Americans support DACA and strongly support legislative fix by similar margins (Hart Research/CAP Action, April 2020). The 70-21% margin overall support for DACAincludes 82% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans. Meanwhile, if the Supreme Court rules against DACA, 72% of Americans overall – including 85% of Biden voters and 56% of Trump supporters – want President Trump to temporarily continue DACA until Congress can pass a legislative solution.
- By 73-24% margin, Americans support Dreamers’ legalization (Fox News, June 2019). The support includes 58% of Republicans.
- By a 4:1 margin, 77-18%, Americans support citizenship for Dreamers (Global Strategy Group/FWD.us, May 2019). The 77% support overall includes 90% of Democrats, 71% of independents, and 64% of Republicans.
- At least 80% of Americans support policies keeping Dreamers in America in series of 2017-2018 DACA/Dreamers polls from CNN, Quinnipiac, Marist, CBS News, Fox News, and Washington Post/ABC News.
In four CNN polls from Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, between 82-84% of the public supported a policy keeping Dreamers in the U.S. The CNN numbers echo those from other 2017-2018 national polls from Quinnipiac, Marist, CBS News, Fox News, and Washington Post/ABC News – each of which found that at least 80% of the public supported protecting and legalizing Dreamers.