We—National Justice for Our Neighbors and the entire Justice for Our Neighbors network—are overjoyed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration terminated the DACA program, no longer allowing new DACA eligible Americans to apply for DACA and impacting thousands of families in this country. Immigrant youth organized and bravely challenged the Administration by taking the fight to the Supreme Court of the United States. Today, the Supreme Court rightfully agreed with the petitioners in a true victory for justice.
Throughout the United States, our JFON Network has proudly served over 4,000 DACA clients in the past five years. We saw first-hand how vital they are to their families, our faith communities, our academic institutions and our workforce. We are a stronger, safer, and more vibrant nation with all of our families together, able to work, and protected from deportation. Our future is intertwined with theirs, our country and lives enriched by their many contributions.
We stand in full solidarity with immigrants and our allies and will lift our voices unequivocally to rejoice in this decision and in full support of legislation like the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients and keep our communities intact.
Congratulations to all our DREAMers and advocates who worked so long and so tirelessly to get to this day.
Your Home is Here.
Supporting the Dream and the Promise
It’s been over a year since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), which provides security, certainty, and a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients— DREAMers brought to this country as minors—and people granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for humanitarian reasons.
Please remember that immigration is also a Black issue: There are more than 10,000 Black DACA recipients and over 50,000 Black TPS holders who need the permanent protections offered by the Dream and Promise Act.
Meanwhile, this vital legislation has stalled in the U.S. Senate.
What can you do?
- Use this handy tool and call your senators. It’s easy!
- You can also email your senators.
- Contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell via social media: on his Facebook page or tag him as @senatemajldr on Twitter
- Tweet your representatives and senators and ask them to support automatic extensions of work permits and protection from deportation in the next COVD-19 relief bill.
- Use your voice to raise awareness about systemic racism and its impact on Black people, including Black immigrants, DREAMers, and TPS holders.