While the fight for DACA isn’t over, immigrant youth will keep fighting because we are #HeretoStay
For Immediate Release
Contact: National: Bruna Bouhid | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202-850-0812
States: Sheridan Aguirre | email@example.com | 202.793.2267
Washington, DC – Today, Federal Texas Judge Andrew Hanen announced he is rejecting Texas’ bid to stop immigrant youth from being protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision means no change on DACA renewals, and DACA recipients should continue to renew their protections. Those who do not have DACA yet cannot apply.
Those with questions about DACA renewals or wishing to donate to help immigrant youth to pay for renewal fees should visit www.RenewMyDACA.com.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream and DACA recipient made the following comments during a media briefing with MALDEF. MALDEF represents the 22 defendant-intervenors in Texas, et al. v. United States:
“Today, DACA beneficiaries like my sisters and I breathed a sigh of relief. We all know that DACA works and the last six years of dreams realized, protection and peace of mind bear that out.
“While the future of DACA is still uncertain, those with DACA can still renew their DACA applications. Today’s news is certainly good – we aren’t out of the woods yet.
“Trump and his team of racist extremists are determined to hunt us down and wipe us off of the face of this country.
“Ultimately, we are in this situation because Congress failed to pass permanent protection like the Dream Act. In fact, the future for immigrant youth could be secure today had Congress stepped up to do the right thing rather than rubber stamp Trump’s racism.
“Over the last six years, immigrant youth have made the most of their DACA protections and continue to do so in spite of incredible odds. At United We Dream, our vision is that all immigrants are protected and that all people can thrive. We will keep organizing and building until that beautiful day is realized because we are #HereToStay.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.