Washington, D.C. – Today, in an outrageous decision in the case of United States v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that the 5th Circuit Decision was affirmed by “an equally divided court”. The injunction on both DAPA and Expanded DACA programs remain in place nationwide and the case returns to the conservative federal judge in Brownsville, TX, stalling deportation relief and work permits to 5 million undocumented people.
The ruling, leaves the likelihood of DAPA and DACA Expansion beginning this year very low.
Cristina Jimenez, Director of United We Dream, stated:
“Attacks on our community are nothing new. We need to rise up not only to protect DAPA and DACA, but to end deportations. We are outraged that conservative Justices on the Supreme Court would allow a continued delay initiated by hateful Republican politicians and judges who have played with the lives of 5 million undocumented people who qualify for relief.
“We will continue to fight for justice in the courts because we know that our victory is lawful and constitutional! We’re calling on registered voters to take to the polls in November and vote for candidates who will support DAPA and DACA while this case is ongoing, because a new president could either protect and build on these programs, or take them away completely.”
Sheridan Aguirre, Communications Coordinator for United We Dream and leader in University Leadership Initiative in Austin, TX, said:
“For those with DACA, we can’t fall prey to fear. DACA works! We need to come out of the shadows as undocumented. We need to apply and renew, to prove DACA works and protect future relief measures! Power lies in our community. No matter the political games conservatives have played with our lives, we’re in control and we determine our future.”
Ambar Pinto, Deportation Defense Fellow at United We Dream and leader in Dreamers of Virginia, said:
“When our community is under attack, we rise up, fight back! We need to win local and statewide victories to protect us. We can form MigraWatch groups in our cities to teach, know, and exercise our rights. We can form volunteer groups to run the nationwide MigraWatch Hotline (1-844-363-1423), where we can report ICE and Border Patrol activity.
“United We Dream field leaders are here to keep our communities safe, unified, and protect their full dignity. We can’t stop and won’t stop because we’re home and here to stay!”
Tonight, United We Dream leaders will host a community call to breakdown the ruling and talk about the future of this moment.