In a 5-4 ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Trump unlawfully attempted to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Adonis Flores, Daniel Caracheo and Yesenia Baldivia, who are previous and current DACA recipients, collaborated on the following statement on behalf of the Michigan United Immigrant Rights Team,
“This Supreme Court decision will protect the nearly 700,000 DACA holders who rely on the program to work and live their lives here in the United States. In Michigan, those of us who are or have been DACA recipients welcomed the good news that brought hope in the middle of a year full of tragedy and pain for black and brown communities.
“In these difficult times, when our communities have suffered the attacks of the Trump administration, in addition to the pain that comes with a historic pandemic, we need more solutions that center our communities and our lived experiences. While this decision affirms that home is here for DACA holders and our families, we expect this Administration to continue to push their racist agenda without hesitation. Members of Congress must heed our calls to stop funding the law enforcement agencies that terrorize immigrant, Latinx and Black communities.
“We do not know how the Trump administration will respond to the Supreme Court’s decision, but we do know that even with DACA, our families are still in pain. Our parents and loved ones who did not qualify for DACA are still being taken away from us and deported. We must continue to fight until we win compassionate immigration reform that reunites separated families and prevents our loved ones from being deported, incarcerated and otherwise brutalized by the prison industry and military police state that we live in. The struggle for equal rights will continue in the streets, in the courts and at the polls.
“Our country is experiencing a reckoning as Black communities in this country are protesting in defense of Black lives and fighting to root out systemic racism. We stand with them and know that our fights for justice are intertwined. We will continue to fight in the streets, in state legislatures, in Congress and at the ballot box until all lives are valued and respected with equal rights. Together, we will continue to build a country where we can all thrive with dignity and justice.”
Erik Shelley 248-982-6326 firstname.lastname@example.org
Adonis Flores 313-658-2389 email@example.com
Yesenia Baldivia 586-339-6119 firstname.lastname@example.org