Alliance for Youth Action Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on DACA

June 18, 2020

Carmel Pryor

WASHINGTON — In a  5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing that the Trump administration’s move to eliminate the program was “arbitrary and capricious”. The ruling allows DACA to remain in place giving temporary relief to DACA recipients and their families.

Sarah Audelo, Executive Director of Alliance for Youth Action, said:

“The Alliance for Youth Action joins hundreds of thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and their families from across the country in celebrating the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision against the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA. 

This victory is the result of the hard work and leadership of undocumented young people across the country who have put their lives on the line to make it clear that #HomeisHere.

As we celebrate the Supreme Court decision on DACA, we also recognize that tomorrow is Juneteenth—the day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The same mechanisms built to target, jail, and deport immigrants are rooted in anti-Black racism and white supremacy. We stand with immigrant youth who also join Black communities as they call for an end to racism and the defunding of police. 

While more work lies ahead, we will continue to follow the leadership of undocumented young people to ensure our families and communities are safe from deportation— and that includes mobilizing young people at the ballot box for elections this fall. 

As Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director from United We Dream, said, “DACA was possible because immigrant youth imagined and demanded it. Today’s ruling is another reminder that when people directly impacted are those pushing for solutions, that’s when transformation happens.” 

May we all commit to making space for directly impacted communities of young people to imagine a more just world that will benefit us all.”