For Immediate Release: June 28, 2019Contact: Hamp Price | firstname.lastname@example.org | (256) 749-6420
TIRRC Responds to SCOTUS Decision to Hear DACA CaseImmigrant 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 next term, meaning the court will rule on the future of DACA by June 2020. DACA remains in place and renewals will continue to be accepted as the case is heard. The case stems from the president’s September 2017 decision to end the program and terminate protections for undocumented youth, a decision found unlawful by three lower courts.
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.
This spring, the House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act which if passed would provide the most comprehensive protection for holders of protected statuses to date. The Senate has not taken up the bill for consideration.
The following is a statement from Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Policy Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC):
“The president’s callous decision to terminate the DACA program put the lives of nearly one million undocumented youth in limbo. He has repeatedly tried to hold their futures hostage, using their fate as a bargaining chip to get his extreme, unpopular immigration agenda through Congress by illegally terminating an overwhelmingly supported and successful program.
It’s time for Congress to step up and provide permanent protections for immigrant youth and holders of other protected statuses. The Senate must pass the Dream and Promise Act, which passed the House with bipartisan support. Millions of immigrant youth and families have built their lives through these programs and we must do all we can to ensure they can continue to thrive in this country.”
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 three 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 for now DACA remains in place. 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.The Senate must take action to pass permanent protections for DACA recipients and TPS holders without continuing to fund the deportation and detention force that is terrorizing our communities.”
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.