Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued that the Trump administration cannot proceed with ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For now, the 700,000 DACA recipients and their families, of which 16,000 are Asian American and Pacific Islander, are safe from the threat of deportation.
Yves Gomes, Former APALA National Executive Board Member said, “DACA is a program that immigrant youth fought decades for and today they are able to hold on to their wins. Many DACA recipients are our frontline workers keeping our grocery stores stocked and our hospitals staffed during this global pandemic. About 27,000 DACA recipients are healthcare workers, most of whom are the first in their family to attend college, some of whom recently graduated and are already caring for COVID-19 patients. As undocumented people, we risk our lives taking care of other people's wellbeing. But we will not prop up the ‘good immigrant narrative’ because we believe that no one should be subject to Trump’s racist deportation machine."
APALA National President and NEA Appointee Monica Thammarath said, “We join DACA recipients across the nation, who refuse to trade their safety and well-being for the criminalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to call for justice for Black lives, and that includes Black immigrants and Black DACA recipients. While this decision will provide much needed relief for immigrants, we must remember that Black immigrants are more likely to be deported than non-Black immigrants because of disproportionate policing. We demand that (1) the government reallocate money in our communities to reinvest in housing, education, economic support, climate justice, healthcare, and mental health services, (2) the federal government defund Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and (3) Trump to resign.”