SAALT Statement on Court Order Blocking DACA Termination


South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) wel­comes yesterday’s deci­sion from the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the North­ern Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia to con­tin­ue imple­ment­ing the Deferred Action for Child­hood Arrivals (DACA) pro­gram for those who have already received DACA sta­tus. In a strong­ly word­ed rul­ing, Dis­trict Judge William Alsup blocked the Trump administration’s dev­as­tat­ing deci­sion in late 2017 to ter­mi­nate the DACA pro­gram, cit­ing the harm­ful impacts on fam­i­lies, employ­ers, and com­mu­ni­ties across the nation. Judge Alsup’s order directs the admin­is­tra­tion to accept DACA renew­al appli­ca­tions from any­one who obtained DACA sta­tus as of Sep­tem­ber 5, 2017 and to “main­tain the DACA pro­gram on a nation­wide basis.”

In response, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of SAALT, issued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“Amer­i­ca’s found­ing ideals are ground­ed in the belief that we are all cre­at­ed equal. The President’s deci­sion to end the DACA pro­gram in Sep­tem­ber 2017 reject­ed this core val­ue and put the lives of near­ly 800,000 DREAM­ers at risk. Mean­while, over 15,000 peo­ple have lost their work per­mits and 122 DREAM­ers lose their DACA sta­tus every day, leav­ing them vul­ner­a­ble to depor­ta­tion. While yes­ter­day’s court order pro­vides momen­tary relief, we need a per­ma­nent fix by pass­ing a clean DREAM Act that resists using DREAM­ers’ par­ents and fam­i­ly-based immi­gra­tion as bar­gain­ing chips.

Month after month, and despite over­whelm­ing bipar­ti­san vot­er sup­port for DACA and the DREAM Act, Con­gress con­tin­ues to kick the can down the road, turn­ing its back on hun­dreds of thou­sands of DREAM­ers. The US is home to 450,000 undoc­u­ment­ed Indi­ans, in addi­tion to at least 23,000 Indi­ans and Pak­istani DREAM­ers. It’s time for Con­gress to do their job and to act once and for all.

On Tues­day, adding to his now-com­mon­place ver­bal gym­nas­tics, Pres­i­dent Trump claimed he’s will­ing to ‘take the heat’ to push through bipar­ti­san immi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion. From ter­mi­nat­ing DACA, rescind­ing Tem­po­rary Pro­tect­ed Sta­tus, and sup­port­ing the RAISE Act, immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties have been feel­ing the heat for near­ly a year under this administration’s anti-immi­grant agen­da. We demand less talk and more action to pass a clean DREAM Act with no addi­tion­al bor­der enforce­ment or cuts to fam­i­ly immi­gra­tion.

SAALT along with our nation­al part­ners will con­tin­ue to apply max­i­mum pres­sure until our lead­ers do their jobs and rep­re­sent the Amer­i­can people’s demands. Con­gress must act now and ensure that a clean DREAM Act is part of the Jan­u­ary 19 spend­ing bill.”

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.    

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