Congressman García’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision on DACA

June 18, 2020
Press Release

Chicago, IL. - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that the Trump Administration did not follow the law in its attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and did not properly weigh the impact of their decision on individuals with DACA protections. Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García issued the following statement about this decision:

“Today’s ruling brings hope to hundreds of thousands of people who have lived with uncertainty for too long. Young people in Illinois and across the country constantly tell me how important the DACA program has been. It has allowed them to complete their education, work without fear of deportation, and contribute to their communities. I’m talking about Yesenia, who was able to attend a master’s program at the University of Illinois, or like Laura, who bought a house and serves our community as a social worker. 

“Donald Trump’s attempt to use the Constitution and the courts to cause harm to DACA recipients and their families is just one example of his many attacks on immigrants and his desire to divide our communities against each other. 

“This important victory is a testament to the effective organizing by immigrant youth who have fought for years to stay in the country they call home. We celebrate today, but we keep fighting tomorrow. The Supreme Court decision is not a permanent solution and does not provide a pathway to citizenship. Nearly 1.3 million people are eligible for DACA and want to plan their futures. The Trump Administration must maintain DACA and reopen new applications.

“Thousands of DACA recipients including frontline health workers, teachers, and grocery store workers have kept our communities protected and running during the COVID pandemic. Now it’s our turn to stand with them and secure a pathway to citizenship.

“Democrats in the House of Representatives have done their job by passing H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act.  Senator Mitch McConnell has refused to bring this bill to the Senate floor, holding more than 700 thousand people hostage for political gain. It’s time for the Senate to pass H.R. 6.