In a huge victory for immigrants, the US Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the Trump administration’s attempt to cancel the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
This protects the 6,600 Wisconsin DACA recipients, and more than 600,000 nationwide, from the immediate threat of deportation.
“The ruling to uphold DACA is a credit to the immigrant rights movement,” said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director of Voces de la Frontera.
“Yet we know that DACA was never a permanent solution. This is a strong reminder of the power we hold when we organize for our rights,” she said.
Alejandra Gonzalez, a DACA recipient and Lead Youth Organizer for Voces, said: “I’ve been a DACA recipient for seven years. This ruling means I can continue living my life without fear of deportation. It’s a huge sense of security moving forward.
“It speaks to the power of people and the need to fight for a permanent solution. We need something to protect Dreamers for years to come,” Gonzalez said.
Dreamers are DACA recipients. The word refers to the ill-fated DREAM Act effort at immigration reform, which died in Congress, leading President Barack Obama to create DACA.
Gonzalez is one of two members of YES, Voces’ student affiliate, profiled in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the DACA victory.