Tennessee's Attorney General Herbert Slatery was one of ten attorneys general who sent a letter to the president on June 29th with an ultimatum: end the DACA program or they'd sue. The states gave the president until next Tuesday to terminate the program.
Immediately, our youth members launched a campaign to defend DACA, urging our Attorney General to withdraw Tennessee from the lawsuit and to support a legislative solution like the Dream Act. We organized rallies outside of his office, shared the stories of DACA recipients in Tennessee, and mobilized the thousands of teachers, employers, and others who support Dreamers to urge him to reconsider. And it worked.
Today, the Attorney General sent a letter to Senators Corker and Alexander informing them that he would not be joining the litigation against the DACA program, and instead urged them to support the Dream Act or similar legislation that would provide permanent protection for immigrant youth in Tennessee.
"There is a human element to this, however, that is not lost on me and should not be ignored. Many of the DACA recipients, some of whose records I have reviewed, have outstanding accomplishments and laudable ambitions, which if achieved, will be of great benefit and service to our country. They have an appreciation for the opportunities afforded them by our country."
This is a testament to the power of undocumented youth and the strength of our movement. The attorney general's decision comes as the president faces mounting pressure to keep the DACA program in tact. We still have work to do to defend DACA and protect all Tennessee communities from deportation, but today is a reminder that organizing works - and that undocumented youth are here to stay! Stay tuned for more ways to take action.
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