Mourning the Cruel DACA decision

Tweet from Make the Road NY: #BREAKING: extremist federal judge blocks DHS from approving new #DACA applications. Renewals may continue.  Congress and POTUS must act NOW to provide a path to citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, essential workers, & more. #WeAreHome

The DACA decision means our Jewish campaign for a pathway to citizenship is more important than ever. Donate $18 today to help win permanent protections for immigrants.

 

On Friday, the weekend of Tisha B’Av — the saddest day of the Jewish year — a federal judge in Texas partially ended DACA.

We mourn these cruel attacks against immigrant young people and their families. We know that temporary protections will always leave our immigrant family and friends vulnerable. DACA is the floor, not the ceiling.

That’s why our Jewish communities are rising for a pathway to citizenship for millions of immigrants. We won a Democratic trifecta to repair the damage of the last four years and beyond, and now the Senate is expected to start moving forward the “budget reconciliation” bill THIS WEEK that could deliver on their immigration promises.

We need your support to scale up our immigration campaign for this coming budget fight. Donate $18 to support our Jewish organizing for a pathway to citizenship.

Here’s what the DACA decision means:

 

United We Dream Tweet: Here's a quick break down about Judget Hanen partially ending DACA: DACA will remain in place and continue for current recipients. DHS cannot grant first time applications. DACA policy was sent back to DHS so that the Biden Administration can develop a new DACA policy.

Here’s what we are hearing from our partners:

 

Tweet from Greisa with United we Dream: HUGE!! @POTUS JOINS OUR MOVEMENT'S CALL FOR CITIZENSHIP THROUGH RECONCILIATION. Undocumented Immigrant youth, TPS holders, Farmworkers & essential workers. This is the year. We CANNOT wait. Let's get this done @SenateDems @HouseDemocrats. No excuses #Undeniable #WeAreHome

And here’s what we are hearing from members of Congress:

 

Congressman Chuy Garcia Tweet: It's beyond infuratiating that the future of DACA recipients is always tied to the next court ruling. People currently under the program and those who qualify for it need a permanent solution NOW. Congress and @Potus need to provide a pathway to citizenship. It can't wait

The DACA decision underscores the urgency of our fight as Jews and allies to win permanent protections and dignity for immigrant communities, including members of our Jewish communities.

Now, a pathway to citizenship for millions is a REAL POSSIBILITY because of the work we have done with our partners in the We Are Home coalition. Here's how Politico is reporting on it:

"The [budget reconciliation] tactic — which just months ago seemed like a long shot even to liberals — is now widely seen as President Joe Biden’s best shot at confronting one of Washington’s policy leviathans and delivering on a decades-long party promise."1

 

Help us make sure a pathway to citizenship remains in the final reconciliation bill. Donate $18 now for this summer's fight for immigrant justice.

Until justice is real,

The Bend the Arc team

PS: The court fight isn’t over yet — President Biden has said that the Department of Justice will appeal this decision and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his agency “remains focused on safeguarding DACA…[and] processing DACA renewal requests.” 2 This is another reason it matters that we secured a trifecta and kicked Trump out of the White House. Our next step is the budget fight happening right now: invest in our organizing to protect immigrants today.

Sources

  1. Democrats launch immigration reform Hail Mary, Politico 
  2. Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on DACA Ruling