For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Kristian Ramos, KristianR@mifamiliavota.org
DACA Wins Hate Loses At SCOTUS
Mi Familia Vota Will Mobilize To Remove Hate from White House
Washington D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as “Dreamers,” to avoid deportation and remain in America.
Hector Sanchez Barba, CEO and Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota released the following statement in celebration of this historic moment:
“Today the Supreme Court stood with justice. Make no mistake this is not about politics. This is about people. DACA recipients are our friends, neighbors, and family members. They are not statistics, they are human beings, who are here contributing to the betterment of our society. These are Americans in every way but their status. Undocumented immigrants contribute so much to our society, we must now fight to fully include them, and for immediate Congressional reform. This moment is a call to civic participation, while we have gotten a reprieve today we must continue to fight for our DACA and our undocumented family. We must show up at the polls in November and remove the Trump administration as a threat to our community.”
“The SCOTUS decision is life-changing for 800,000 DACA recipients. DACA is protection we cannot afford to take for granted,” said Hareth Andrade, Mi Familia Vota National staff and DACA recipient. “Our families still count on us to help and be providers, our communities, count on our work and our country is better because DACA recipients are giving back every day.”
Cristian Avila, Mi Familia Vota national civic engagement coordinator and DACA recipient said “Thank you to the judges that stood on the right side of history today, thank you for all the organizers that have not stopped putting pressure to make DACA a reality #HereToStay. This is victory that comes in a time when even just a whiff of hope can go a long way. This is yet another proof of what can be done when we come together as a community, please let this be the fuel we needed to keep fighting for a Comprehensive Immigration Reform with a pathway to Citizenship for our parents and loved ones that are not protected right now. This is the time to get loud and get involved. Register to vote, register your friends to vote, run for office if you can, donate $5 to your favorite organization, anything but do something. We cannot afford to sit down and do nothing.”
María Nieto-Orta Nevada state coordinator and DACA Recipient said: “SCOTUS ruling against the Trump administration to terminate DACA is a huge win for us. The work doesn’t stop here. We will continue to organize for liberation for everyone in the undocumented community. I’m celebrating today and continue to organize.”
“Our community fought for and won DACA after we held our elected officials accountable and pushed them to see that our community deserves dignity and respect,” said Liz Magallanes, Mi Familia Vota Dallas Coordinator and DACA recipient. “Today we stand with our immigrant community, including Black leaders who have been part of this movement at every step of the way. Our community will continue to advocate, fight, and vote until Black lives, immigrants, Latinos and all marginalized people in this country are treated with the dignity & respect we all deserve.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.