In response to the June 18 Supreme Court ruling that blocked President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, WOLA President Geoff Thale issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s decision to end DACA in 2017 was inhumane, cruel, and, as the Supreme Court has now recognized, patently illegal and unconstitutional. Today’s victory is the result of a powerful fight led by thousands of immigrant youth and leaders advocating for their families, friends, and communities.
“But the fight doesn’t end today. DACA provides temporary protections where there should be a path to permanent solutions. And the Trump administration will continue its assault on immigrant communities.
“Congress urgently needs to enact a bipartisan fix that grants a permanent pathway to residency and citizenship for those protected by DACA, as well as longtime U.S. residents protected under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) humanitarian program. DACA and TPS recipients have been living in uncertainty and fear for years. Congress must act now to protect thousands of families and children, offer them a path to residency and citizenship, as well as take steps that provide protection for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country who are not eligible for existing protections, but have been contributing to the United States for decades.”