Dreamers Have a Reprieve – The Fight Continues
For NOW, Dreamers enrolled in the DACA program have some protection – but it’s temporary. On February 26, the Supreme Court refused to overturn a nationwide court injunction blocking Trump’s plan to end DACA on March 5, keeping the program in effect temporarily until Congress can legislatively address the issue. But this is only a reprieve – we must act NOW to convince Congress to pass a clean Dream Act and protect the status of young immigrants.
The recent ruling allows registered Dreamers to re-apply for protective status but the Trump administration will not process any new applications.
There have also been a lot of setbacks – including a CA judge ruling that undocumented children are not eligible for court-appointed attorneys to represent them in their immigration hearings. Deportations are on the rise. ICE agents are targeting schools, hospitals, and courthouses, especially in sanctuary cities. Trump has threatened to arrest mayors of sanctuary cities and cut off funding for states refusing to aid ICE agents.
Most importantly, DACA still remains in danger of being revoked in the future and we have already seen the negative impact on people’s lives. Every day 122 young Americans are losing their DACA status and ability to attend work or school. By this spring, that number is set to rise to over 1,000 people a day.
Congress has stalled in negotiations over DACA repeatedly. Meanwhile, thousands of immigrants who have attempted to renew their status since September 2017 have already had their applications ignored, their protections unfairly removed, and/or have been deported unjustly. We must act NOW!
How Ending DACA Negatively Impacts Women
Aside from destroying families, ending deportation protections silences women who cannot report discrimination or abuse in fear of the consequences. It is clear that ending DACA would be an aggressive attack on this country’s most vulnerable.
The administration is also forcing young women to bear unwanted pregnancies that resulted from sexual assault during their migration and are poised to write policy that targets young, uninsured, and pregnant immigrants.
How to Resist Locally and Nationally
1. What New York State is Doing:
Elected officials from New York have been active in their support for undocumented immigrants and their families, attending rallies and bringing activists to Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address – despite GOP calls to arrest any attendees who did not have proof of citizenship.
Governor Cuomo has called for a New York DREAM Act in his 2018 State of the State address to allow undocumented college students who arrived here as children to obtain financial aid as part of a comprehensive immigration reform package.
New York joined 20 other states and Washington D.C. in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over it’s decision to end the DACA program. States are fighting to protect Dreamers with preliminary injunctions and courts are hearing cases to uphold the states’ rights to protect its citizens.
2. Call Congress, Advocate for DACA!
Call your Congressional representatives NOW. Find their information here and let them know that ending DACA will adversely affect vulnerable young women and families.
Here is a sample script:
My name is ____ and I am calling from ____. I am calling to express my discontent with the White House’s decision to end DACA and ask Senator/Representative ______ to support the DREAM Act which will protect immigrants affected by the termination of DACA. Eight hundred thousand lives are affected because of the President’s decision to end DACA, and now it is time for Congress to pass a law that would provide a pathway to citizenship for this group of immigrants. Thank you.
3. Get to Know Your Allies:
Here are some of the other local organizations that are helping undocumented immigrants with legal services, advocacy, and resources: