Washington, DC – Three days after the oral arguments on United States v. Texas, immigrant youth and families from across the country continue to make their voices heard and hosted a mock hearing in front of the Supreme Court. While some news stories predict uncertainty, immigrant leaders took to the Court to share their personal stories and those submitted online, demanding an end to deportations and envisioning a decision in which the eight Justices vote in favor of immigrant families.
Leaders from Student Immigrant Movement (MA), New Mexico Dream Team (NM), New Mexico Dreamers in Action (NM), DREAMers’ Moms of Virginia (VA), Washington Dream Coalition (WA), Dream Act Oklahoma (OK), MinKwon Center for Community Action (NY), Make The Road New York (NY), and University Leadership Initiative (TX) participated in the action, and were joined by CASA de Maryland (MD).
“I’m out here this afternoon because I’m ready for the day when I don’t have to see my husband return home from work late at night exhausted.. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Spanish and Psychology. While I’m proud of the work he does to support our family, we’re tired of the lack of opportunities,” said Miriam Garcia, a beneficiary of DACA and a leader of New Mexico Dream Team.
“I want the Supreme Court Justices to know that they’ve got to vote with their heart because our families need this.,” said Denis, a leader of Student Immigrant Movement. “But we can’t stop and won’t stop! We’ve got 6 million people who will be left out of DAPA and the Expansion of DACA, so our fight has to keep on.”
“Undocumented people submitted our stories to the Supreme Court in briefs and went into the court on Monday to listen. Today we came back to share our stories of resilience and cast our own votes to say yes to DACA and DAPA,” said Jung Rae Jang, a DACA beneficiary and leader in MinKwon Center for Community Change.