‘Here to stay!’: DACA recipients stake claim, as Supreme Court rules to keep protections in place

WASHINGTON DC — These young undocumented immigrants certainly stood their ground — staking their claim in this country they’ve called home for years.

It was the sound of victory, as the Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a major setback for President Trump and his hardline immigration policies. The justices voted to block his bid to end the Obama-era program that shields hundreds of thousands of immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation.

The young Dreamers entered the U.S. illegally as children.

In a 5-4 vote, the justices rejected the Trump administration’s arguments that the 8-year old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, is unlawful, and that courts have no role to play in reviewing the decision to eliminate protections for about 650,000 immigrants.

This means they get to legally stay and work in America, with permits renewable every two years.

“I’m elated. I am really affirmed that the movement of young people organizing 11 million undocumented people demanding exactly what we deserve, we win. And so I’m honored to be here today at the Supreme Court and ready to keep fighting for more,” said Greisa Martinez Rosas, DACA recipient/exec. director of United We Dream.

The Supreme Court ruling though does not prevent Trump from attempting to end DACA again.

Trump tweeted that he’s only asking for a legal solution on DACA, not a political one, consistent with the rule of law — and then he called on people to reelect him.

And although it’s unlikely Trump will try to end DACA again before the November presidential elections — DACA recipients and their advocates are hoping he doesn’t get a second four-year term in office.

“I know that if he gets reelected and he has more time on his, on him, he can continue to try to get rid of daca through other means that the court might approve.”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she hopes the Supreme Court ruling on DACA would push Republican Senate leaders to take up legislation previously approved by the democratic-led house that actually provides a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

From the Senate floor, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he cried tears of joy following the Supreme Court’s decision on DACA.

“These wonderful DACA kids and their families have a huge burden lifted off their shoulders. They don’t have to worry about being deported. They can do their jobs. And I believe, I do believe this someday, someday, soon, they will be American citizens.”

Meanwhile – for his part, former President Barack Obama urged voters to elect his former vice president Joe Biden as president in 2020 to continue protections for DACA recipients.

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  • MARIO
    19 June 2020 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Celebrate now, your objective is to have a GREEN CARD, from Dreamers to GCard, it needs LEGISLATION-Congressional Bills, FAILED 10 times under Obama, under TRUMP, the DEMS under Schummer’s in tears and Pelosi DOUBLE-CROSS the DACA again, killed the bill for the 12th times. TRUMP gave it to the SC. Thinking the SC is conservative, Chief Jus ROBERT who gave the OBAMACARE, sided with the liberal. During the Vietnam War, Congress created a REFUGEE status to the VIETS with Congressional BIll, after 6 mons they had Green Card. Then on 1985, HAITI citizens arrived in MIAMI, Congress created a new immigration Status called PAROLE with authorized to work. NO Congressional BILL, due to 160K in number, then ME war came, few became Refugee, mostly became on PAROLE status. Then Dreamer came in, SC said go back to legal process, House & Senate should work together, for legislation for the Dreamers. About myself, from TNT, my lawyer apply me to PAROLE Status, since no Congressional Bill, apply me to POLITICAl ASYLUM,had my hearing from a Liberal Judge in CA and got my Pol.Assylum status, after 6 month, I became an Immigrant and spend $50-$60K, after 18 yrs of fighting. Mandatory for you to have a Green card, after 10yrs, got promoted with good pay, an interested competitor, protested said how could you trust this man, the US Gov’t does not even give him a GreenCard? I lost. My advice sticks to your job for medical Insurance and established the 2nd job on a commission basis. I got a PLUMBER license, built a Company, but learned only Green Card can bid for STATE Project, Citizen for Federal project. A green card is mandatory.WAIT for Legislation and apply on your own for Work permit.

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