DAPA/DACA decision: Deeply Disappointed, but Undeterred

Today the Supreme Court in a 4–4 tie decision voted against President Obama’s executive actions on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), and the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+). The original Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program remains in place.

Nayely Perez-Huerta, Co-Director of the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network issued this statement in response:

“We’re deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court sided with states and opportunistic politicians who continue to dehumanize undocumented communities. These programs would have protected close to 5 million people from deportation. While this ruling is not what we wanted, we are not deterred and will continue to organize and mobilize our communities against the deportation machine because our lives and those of our loved ones depend on it. To our undocumented sisters and brothers we say, ‘Never give up. We will continue to fight alongside you and will not rest until every single one of our undocumented communities is safe and able to live without fear.’

The fact remains that President Obama still has the power to end deportations and alleviate the suffering of our communities. We call on President Obama to end all raids and deportations, especially those against Central American refugees, and to overhaul U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a rogue agency that continues to target and separate our communities. President Obama: you do not need the courts to validate your powers as president. Will you do the right thing?

We know that it took the sacrifice and organizing power of undocumented communities to force President Obama to announce the creation of DACA, DACA+ and DAPA. It will take ongoing, persistent and escalated organizing in order to see true change. More than ever, we must all come together and follow the leadership of those most impacted by an unfair and inhumane immigration system, to move forward. Our fight continues because no court ruling will ever deny us our dignity and our human rights.”

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