OPEN STATEMENT ON SCOTUS DACA RULING

June 18, 2020 

Today we stand in celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 ruling confirming that the Trump Administration’s decision to end the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful. Though the Court has decided to protect the status and safety of Dreamers for the time being, it also remanded the issue essentially allowing the Department of Homeland Security a “re-do” attempt to end DACA for good. While NHMC applauds this ruling, we understand that this is not an end to the worry, uncertainty, and danger the Dreamers and immigrants in this country face.

NHMC stands in full support of our allies and our community to preserve the lawfulness of DACA, and will continue to do the work to bring the immigrant and people of color community into systems of power with the intention of affecting positive change. We will continue to use our influence as an established civil rights organization to advocate for the immigrant families that work tirelessly to survive in the United States. 

On September 4, 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Throughout the course of his tenure, Trump has made it a point to stifle the voices of immigrant communities with repeated character assassinations and threats. Our immigrant community has suffered as a result of this renewed sense of fear and insecurity. DACA, fought on the backs of a new generation of immigrant youth and their parents, has opened the footing for a new sense of belonging in this country as the most successful piece of legislation affecting immigrant communities today. 

Today’s decision confirmed that Trump’s hate-fueled attacks on our community are in opposition of what the masses’ want, the laws of this country, and the Constitution. NHMC finds confidence in the reality that change is the most productive when it is proposed by those who are directly impacted by the issue at hand. We know the capabilities of our community. Con ganas perseveremos.

In Solidarity, 

Brenda Victoria Castillo
President & CEO
National Hispanic Media Coalition

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