The recent cruel ruling from a U.S. District Judge does not detract from what we know to be true – the DACA program is legal. The decision is an outlier following last June’s landmark Supreme Court victory as well as another recent ruling that restored DACA to its full status from a federal judge in New York. Only Congress can provide a pathway to citizenship to provide permanent protections to Dreamers, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers once and for all.
The 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States are our friends, our families, and part of our communities. They are living, working, and contributing to the only country most of them have known. They’re the parents of more than 250,000 U.S. citizen children, and 200,000 are essential workers helping us recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling underscores the point that we need Congress to pass a pathway to citizenship once and for all to eliminate the fear and uncertainty that DACA recipients, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers have been forced to live with for years.