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Washington, D.C.– Responding to the breaking news that the United States Supreme Court will take up Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) next term, Latino Victory Project interim president Melissa Mark-Viverito issued the following statement:

“Because of DACA, more than 800,000 DREAMers were given the freedom to come out of the shadows and were allowed to contribute to the country they love. For seven years, DACA has proven that it’s effective and that it has helped grow the economy and make our communities safer. Despite proving its efficiency, President Trump, in the most callous way, took this protection away from DREAMers shortly after he was elected. Courts across the country have since ruled that President Trump was undeniably wrong in eliminating DACA, and the Supreme Court must do the same next year.”  

“Congress’ failure and inability to come up with a solution after Trump ended DACA will forever be a stain on our nation’s history. House Democrats have passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which would tackle this dire situation. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to obstruct this bipartisan bill from moving forward despite having the overwhelming support of a majority of Americans. If Senate Democrats truly care about the 800,000 young immigrants whose livelihoods are at risk, they must do everything in their power to hold Mitch McConnell accountable and demand a vote for the American Dream and Promise Act.”

“We cannot just rely on the Supreme Court to do what’s right by our community, given how conservative the court has become. That’s why 2020 will be the most consequential election of our lifetime. There’s too much at stake and a lot to lose. We must fight back and elect leaders who will uphold our values and be unapologetic when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable in our community.”

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For those DACA recipients who are eligible for renewals, please renew your work permit. Click here to find resources and more information on how to renew your DACA from United We Dream.