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Press Statement: GALEO Applauds SCOTUS Decision to Keep DACA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jerry Gonzalez, GALEO

jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086

Thursday, June 18, 2020 (Norcross, GA) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump administration did not provide an adequate justification for ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allowing it to remain in place.

The ruling comes after the Trump Administration attempted to end DACA in 2017, which started a legal battle that has left nearly 700,000 DACA recipients uncertain of their futures.

While the court ruled that the Trump Administration failed to provide a reasoned explanation for ending DACA, the court’s decision permits the Trump Administration to make a second attempt to end the protections for DREAMers using proper administrative procedures. This highlights our need to work towards a permanent legislative solution. Without Congressional action, DACA recipients will continue to live in limbo.

In the meantime, DACA will continue and current DACA recipients can continue to renew their permits, allowing them to work legally and without fear of deportation.

“The decision today from our Supreme Court is a big sigh of relief for DACA recipients across our nation,” said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.

“This is a temporary fix for now and we must double down our efforts to work for a permanent solution by urging our Congress to provide that fix for not only the DREAMers, but also for the many immigrant families in limbo. Many immigrant workers are considered ‘essential workers’ during the pandemic and we must ensure they are able to stay here as well. As we reimagine the kind of America we want to become, and as we fight to make our country stronger and more just, we should look to DREAMers and work with them on realizing our shared future,” added Gonzalez.

Jennifer Zenteno, Program Coordinator for Leadership Development & Citizenship Initiatives, also shared some words about today’s decision. “Today’s win is marked with a million emotions. SCOTUS’s decision on DACA is reflective of an America that supports and has always supported DACA and immigration reform. The fight is not over and we call on Congress to pass H.R 6, The Dream and Promise Act, legislation that protects Dreamers across the country. To my fellow DACAmented Americans, I urge you to continue renewing your work permits. Our efforts don’t end here, we are as engaged as ever, the time is NOW and our #HomeisHere.”

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