For Immediate Release: January 14, 2019Contact: Hamp Price | firstname.lastname@example.org | (256) 749-6420
Immigrant rights coalition urges DACA recipients to renew, congress to take swift action.
NASHVILLE - This morning, the Supreme Court announced their decision to take up the case regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this term, meaning the court will rule on the future of DACA by June 2019. The case stems from the president’s September 2017 decision to end the program and terminate protections for undocumented youth.
Since the program began in 2012, more than 800,000 young immigrants across the country have received deferred action, including more than 8,300 Tennesseans. DACA has successfully allowed youth to more fully participate in and contribute to their communities by providing work permits and protection from deportation. The program also receives bipartisan support, with 83% of Americans supporting a path to citizenship for DACA recipients according to a 2018 poll by Gallup.
The president has also terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from several countries. His decision to abruptly terminate these long-standing protections is the subject of additional litigation.
The following is a statement from Stephanie Teatro, Co-Executive Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC):
“The president’s callous decision to terminate the DACA program has put the lives of nearly one million undocumented youth in limbo. Last year, he tried to hold their futures hostage, using their fate as a bargaining chip to get his extreme, unpopular immigration agenda through Congress. Now, we see the president trying to do the same thing by shutting down the federal government to get his vanity wall built. Our members of Congress should reject Trump’s cruel politics and take action to protect the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives remain at risk due to the termination of the DACA and TPS programs. Americans support protecting DACA recipients, not building a wall.”
The following is a statement from Cesar Bautista, TIRRC Youth Organizer:
"DACA has been a lifeline for me and the more than 8000 Tennesseans who have benefitted from the program. I'm working in a job that I love, I'm able to fully participate in my community, and I bought my first house where my wife and I are raising our two year old daughter. I have been in Tennessee for twenty years; Tennessee is my home.
We don’t know how the Supreme Court will rule, but we are urging DACA recipients across Tennessee to renew their DACA now, in case we don’t get another chance in the future.
We shouldn’t have to live in limbo. We know the majority of Tennesseans want us to live and work here. Congress should finally take action to pass permanent protections for DACA recipients and TPS holders, without giving Trump money for his wall or to fund agencies to detain and deport us.”
TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create an atmosphere in which they are recognized as positive contributors to the state. Since its founding in 2001, TIRRC has worked to develop immigrant leadership, build the capacity of its immigrant-led member organizations, help immigrant community members understand and engage in the civic process, and educate the public about policies that would better promote integration of new immigrants and facilitate their full participation in US society. In just a few years TIRRC has grown from a grassroots network of community leaders into one of the most diverse and effective coalitions of its kind, a model for emerging immigrant rights organizations in the Southeast and throughout the United States.