Supreme Court DACA Decision A Reprieve - Not a Solution
On June 18, 2020 the United States Supreme Court issued a much anticipated decision regarding the intent of the Trump Administration to end DACA.
The high court did not find DACA to be legal or illegal. The decision simply focused on the fact that the administration failed to comply with the procedural requirements to repeal the program created by President Obama.
President Trump, in tweets, has vowed to try again while also encouraging Congress and the Senate to act. Passage of legislation will be the only way to secure the future for DREAMERS in the United States.
What the Supreme Court Ruling SHOULD Mean for Those with DACA and Those Eligible
If you currently have DACA, you should be able to renew.
If you are eligible for DACA, you should be able to submit a new application.
You should be able to apply for advanced parole (the ability to leave the country to work or study or to see an aging or ill relative) if you are currently a DACA recipient.
At the time of this mailing, the Justice For Our Neighbors national network, along with many other immigration organizations, has asked U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to please quickly reinstate the DACA program and services as they were before the Trump administration tried to end the program in 2017. To date, USCIS has issued no guidelines for program submittals.
Economic Importance of DACA
For the United States, direct benefits of Dreamers each year include an estimated $84.3 billionin output (gross product), $52.8 billion in personal income and almost 685,200 jobs. When multiplier effects are considered, the total benefits rise to $188.6 billion in output and $117.3 billion in income per year as well as nearly 2.1 million jobs.
For Texas, the direct gains in business activity associated with the Dreamers include an estimated $11.5 billion in output (gross product) and $7.2 billion in income each year in addition to more than 108,100 jobs. When multiplier effects are included, the total rises to $25.8 billion in annual output, $16.0 billion in income per year, and 324,000 jobs.
We Must Take Action Today to Protect DREAMERS. Will You Help?
The most recent version of the DREAM Act (H.R. 6) was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 2019.
In the past year, the bill has sat in the Senate waiting for a vote. Sadly, Senate Republicans have sought to roll protections for DREAMERS into broader immigration bills with wider reforms and funding for the border wall. Senate Democrats have stood firm against border wall funding.
We must call on all U.S. Senators to support a clean DACA bill - as passed by Congress - over 800,000 lives depend on us!
The first version of legislation introduced to provide a pathway for undocumented youth who came to the United States as children was called the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act). As a result, young undocumented immigrants who qualified for relief under these program and subsequently under DACA as created by President Obama, have been referred to as DREAMERS.
What Texas Senators Say about the Supreme Court Decision and DACA
Senator John Cornyn: "I believe the Supreme Court has thrust upon us a unique moment and an opportunity. We need to take action and pass legislation that will unequivocally allow these young men and women to stay in the only home, in the only country, they've known.” Click here to listen to Cornyn address the U.S. Senate.
Senator Ted Cruz: "Not a single justice, none of the nine [justices] disputed that what Obama did was illegal. It was contrary to federal immigration law. And they all agreed that Trump has the authority to reverse it. Nevertheless, what they held today is that Trump is prevented from stopping breaking the law. Because Obama broke law. [...] The game Roberts played is he said, ‘Yes, of course, Trump has the authority to stop breaking the law, but he didn't explain it well enough.'" Click here to listen to Senator Cruz on Fox News.