Life Without DAPA: Immigrant Parents Continue the Fight Against Deportations

United We Dream Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today marks one year since the outrageous decision in the case of United States v. Texas, where the Supreme Court’s evenly divided ruling upheld the partisan Republican block against President Obama’s executive action on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA). Not surprisingly, the program was rescinded last week as part of the Trump administration’s tactics to incite fear in the immigrant community.  

The DAPA program was created after years of campaigning by immigrant families and allies and would have protected almost 4 million parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent resident. On this day parents are saying they are #heretostay and continuing the fight to protect immigrant families from Trump’s deportation force.

Betty Perez, member of  United We Dream in Central Florida, a DAPA eligible parent, said:

“Killing DAPA, as disappointing and outrageous as it is, does not kill our willingness to keep on fighting. We lost a battle but not the war. We are #heretostay and we fight for the well being of all families committed to this movement. I was very proud to see that one of my two daughters born in this country could exercise her right to vote for the first time this past November. Seeing them succeed gives me hope. Now more than ever we’ve got to protect our people, our children, our future.”

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Advocacy Director for United We Dream and DACA beneficiary, said,

“I was at the Supreme Court last year when we learned of the outrageous Supreme Court decision. Republicans have made it their goal to block any protections for our parents and they continue their racist drive to separate immigrant families. But we are #heretostay. Parents like my mother are resilient, organizing at the local level to empower others to join the fight against deportations.”

Maria Bilbao, United We Dream Florida Organizer and DAPA eligible parent, said:

“It is important for me that parents fight to direct our destiny and that of our families. If we do not take control of our lives others will do it for us. We cannot accept an immigration system that separates families and criminalizes us. We must continue to fight until a permanent solution to this broken and hypocritical immigration system is achieved. Finally, when we organize we are more protected.”

Rebecca Figueroa, Member of United We Dream, and DAPA eligible parent, said:

“We come to this country to provide a better life for our children. The fight doesn’t end here. I know many people are afraid and others do not get involved after they solve their immigration status but we have to unite. That’s the only way to protect ourselves. If we were able to celebrate victory when DACA was approved for our children, we could also find ways to win protections for parents as well.”