Washington, D.C. — This summer, the Home Is Here coalition celebrated a historic victory at the Supreme Court to protect more than 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and opened the door to protect hundreds of thousands more DACA-eligible young people. Since that victory in June, the Home Is Here coalition called on the current administration to comply with the Court’s decision and reopen DACA to first-time applicants. In July, we pushed back against a Department of Homeland Security memo that dismantled DACA as we know it. So the fight continues. Regardless of who wins this election, the Home Is Here Coalition is committed to winning the safety and freedom of all immigrant communities.
The Home Is Here Coalition – representing 100+ organizations across the country – released the following statement:
“Over the past four years, immigrants have been the target of some of the most heinous policies and abuses we have seen in our nation’s recent history. From merciless attacks to strip millions of people of the protections from deportation provided by programs like DACA and TPS, to the appalling number of immigrants who have died at the hands of ICE and CBP, to the government-sanctioned separation of immigrant families. We have seen and experienced the countless ways immigrant lives have been treated as expendable.
“In the face of these injustices, our communities have come together to fight for immigrant justice and demand that every agency and individual responsible for these abuses be held accountable. This summer, we celebrated the work of immigrant youth and the Home Is Here Coalition with our victory at the Supreme Court on DACA. Many of us have also continued our organizing efforts in the months and weeks leading up to the election by encouraging voters across the country to cast their ballot and make their vote count. But our fight to protect our communities doesn’t end after the results are announced. Immigrants will continue to live with the trauma they’ve endured these past four years and remain at risk of detention and deportation the more that ICE and CBP are funded. Regardless of who wins —Biden or Trump— one thing is certain: we will continue to defend our communities and fight for the protections we all deserve.”