Yesterday, in response to the Supreme Court upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last month, the Trump Administration took expected steps to dismantle the program, releasing a memo that said it would not be accepting new DACA applications, rejecting most advance parole requests, and limiting those with pending renewals to only one year instead of two years.
For the over 5,000 South Asian DACA recipients, and the over 20,000 Indians alone who remain eligible for DACA, this will have a direct impact on any existing renewal applications and for any undocumented South Asian youth who were hoping to apply for DACA.
We knew the Supreme Court victory was temporary, allowing the Administration to retaliate. We must continue pushing back, forging ahead, and ensuring that we fight for policies that support all immigrant communities without harming others.
Here are things you can do right now:
- Join a community call today at 8pmET to discuss what this means
- Contribute to the DACA Renewal fund and to movement organizations who are fighting this every step of the way.
- Email your Senator by clicking this link here and demanding they support the Dream and Promise Act which would ensure permanent protections for undocumented people and commit to STOP funding this Administration’s Deportation Force
- Post on your socials using the TRUMP ENDS DACA TOOLKIT | #HomeIsHere
- Change your Facebook and Twitter profile pics to add the #HomeIsHere filter
More than 700,000 young people can continue to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
Washington, D.C.: The Supreme Court of the United States’ ruled (5–4) to temporarily protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), citing it had the authority to review the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA, and determined that the Administration ended the program illegally. This major victory is temporary because it still gives the Administration an opportunity to terminate the program again on legal grounds.
But, today’s decision means that hundreds of thousands of young people, including over 4,000 South Asian DACA recipients, can continue to live, work, and study in the U.S. without fear of deportation. And until the Trump Administration responds, people can continue to renew applications for DACA and will soon be able to submit new applications.
“Although it is conditional, today’s victory is welcome at a time when the war on Black communities feels endless. It is a reminder that our work is not done, but together we can win. We have to keep demanding solutions that benefit us all — including pushing for a permanent, legislative solution that ensures a path to citizenship for all immigrants, defunds ICE, CBP, and the police and invests in communities, which are pillars of the Movement for Black Lives policy agenda, ” said Lakshmi Sridaran, SAALT’s Executive Director.
SAALT joins immigrant justice groups across the country in advocating that Members of Congress pass a permanent solution that helps rather than harms immigrants and communities of color. More than 200,000 DACA essential workers — including 41,700 health care workers — are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the bare minimum, any new legislation, including COVID-19 related stimulus packages, should include reprieve from deportation and extensions of DACA and TPS work permits and protection. SAALT is also pushing for state and local leaders to provide free COVID-19 testing and treatment for all, regardless of immigration status.
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UPDATE, July 10th
Earlier this week, we put out a call for volunteers to assist with an outreach effort to provide food and restaurant workers from the South Asian community with “know your rights” resources. The alert was prompted by community reports about an immigration enforcement action targeting workers in the restaurant industry over the past week in DC. Out of respect for those directly affected, we are not providing any additional information at this time. We will continue our work to protect and defend our communities, especially at a time when immigrants are being targeted, whether at workplaces and homes or at the border.
July 8, 2019
An Indian restaurant in DC was raided by ICE last week. Several Hindi speaking employees were taken to the Montgomery County jail in Maryland.
Given the prospect of immigration raids in the DC area, we are calling for volunteers to join us for an outreach effort on July 13th and 14th.
SAALT is seeking volunteers to help with outreach, translation, and legal counsel. Click here for immediate steps you can take.
SAALT’s 2018 report documents hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at our communities from Election Day 2016 to Election Day 2017. SAALT documented 302 incidents of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the United States, of which an astounding 82% were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment. The 302 incidents are a more than 45% increase from the year leading up to the 2016 election cycle, levels not seen since the year after September 11.
SAALT and our allies are tracking hate crimes committed against South Asian, Sikh, Muslim and Arab communities.
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