#HereToStay: Supreme Court Overturns Trump's Attempt To Deport Dreamers
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's attempt to terminate DACA and deport Dreamers was illegal.
"The rush of relief I felt in that moment is indescribable and all I could do was cry to my parents. We didn’t expect this decision at all."
In a huge and unexpected win for the nation's 800,000 Dreamers, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
BREAKING: DACA SURVIVES. TRUMP BROKE LAW IN ENDING DACA. Another organizing win reinforced by highest court. Congrats to all who fought to make it possible &who continue to organize to get our communities the rights we’re all entitled to https://t.co/D4ka1lUIWz— Mijente ???????????? (@ConMijente) June 18, 2020
DACA is the only thing standing between Dreamers and deportation, and many have been living in fear of today's ruling.
"I was having nightmares thinking about my baby. I was scared about the possibility of being removed," twenty-five-year-old Angel Fajardo, director of the Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective, tells BuzzFeed News.
Waking up to the news of the ruling was incredibly emotional.
Waking up today, was tough and so emotionally draining. So being reminded of how important my presence is in this fight was so good for my soul. Thank you @ewarren for the reminder. La lucha sigue mi gente ????????❤️ #heretostay #DACA pic.twitter.com/hoQmUphHrf— Jazmin Cortez #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@campaignjaz_) June 18, 2020
"The rush of relief I felt in that moment is indescribable and all I could do was cry to my parents. We didn’t expect this decision at all," Vanessa Marez, 23, a first-generation college graduate, told BuzzFeed.
"It's a beautiful moment," Dreamer Cynthia Padilla, who is preparing to take the bar exam, told BuzzFeed. "We beat Trump and I get to study for the bar in peace without checking every week to see whether a decision had been made."
Dreamers are college students, lawyers, community leaders, taxpayers - and over 200,000 of them are frontline essential workers and first responders.
Unfortunately, the Supreme Court's decision did not rule that the Trump administration's attempt to terminate DACA was unconstitutional, rather that the way it tried to end it was. Meaning, that the administration could adjust tactics and try again.
If we don’t kick Trump out of office on November 3rd, he can easily overturn DACA by giving a “reasonable explanation” under the “arbitrary and capricious review” standard that the Supreme Court laid out in its decision.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 18, 2020
800,000 Dreamers are depending on our votes this November.
Which is why it is so important to enact legislation that protects immigrants. And, to do that, we have to vote out the people standing in the way, and vote in representatives who are willing to fight for immigration policy change and immigrant rights.
"There is still much work to do to ensure permanent protections for all undocumented folks in this country," Vanessa tells BuzzFeed.
Dreamers and undocumented immigrants can't vote. It is up to us to vote for them.