It has been a week of frankly unexpected good news from the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to Monday's decision on workplace protections for LGBTQ people
, this morning we woke up to the news that the Trump administration's attempts to end the DACA program were rejected
. This means that the program can continue for now, and that thousands of immigrant youth will remain protected from deportation.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - DACA - program was enacted by an executive order by President Obama in 2012. It allows some immigrants who arrived in the country as children to receive a renewable deferral of deportation and become eligible for work permits. Around 700,000 people are currently part of the DACA program.
GSBA has consistently supported the cause of DACA recipients. We know that many GSBA Scholars and GSBA members benefit from the DACA program. Their contributions to our society and to our organization are tremendous. We know that there are also many immigrants who are ineligible for DACA protections, but who are likewise important contributors and participants to our society. This decision found that the Trump administration did not follow proper legal procedures, but it does not say that ending the program later is beyond its authority.
We celebrate another important victory today, and look forward to the day when a pathway to citizenship is provided for all immigrants to the United States.
For more information about this decision and the community who has worked so hard to defend the rights of immigrants, please check out organizations such as Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
, and the WA Immigrant Solidarity Network
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