On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments as they considered a decision to review Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has provided protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 immigrant youth and created access to economic security, higher education, health care and more. It is a testament to the power of youth organizing and remains a significant immigration victory, untied to enforcement harms, the nation has seen.
State and Local governments have a responsibility to protect immigrant youth and their families and keep all communities safe. At such a difficult moment when localities across the country are being challenged by a global pandemic amidst continuing fears of raids and deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), we ask state and local leaders to support immigrant youth by divesting from ICE and CBP, sign onto our pledge and work to provide free Covid19 testing, treatment and services for all, regardless of immigration status. Examples of policies to protect our communities include:
Finally, we ask you to join us to demand Congress pass HR 6, the Dream and Promise Act and defund ICE & CBP while also calling on Trump to halt deportations of immigrant youth and automatically extend renewals for permits that expire in 2020.
For more resources for state and local leaders in this moment, follow this link to our #HomeIsHere toolkit for state and local elected officials.