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Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments from both sides about DACA. The court will review whether the Trump Administration can end DACA. While there is no exact date for the Supreme Court decision, legal experts expect the decision to come in spring 2020, and no later than the end of June.
Numerous Immigrants Rising family members flew to Washington, D.C. to participate in actions.
“Today was historic,” said New Latthivongskorn, who is one of the plaintiffs in the cases before the Supreme Court and attended the hearing. “As we were walking down the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States, I saw thousands of people rallying outside, I saw courageous friends and community who showed up today, despite not knowing what the outcome will be, to say that we will keep fighting…I was filled with pride and energy as I witnessed this beautiful sight, and am walking away with hope for what’s to come.”
We remain encouraged by the strength of the undocumented youth movement, the victories in three lower courts and hope that the Supreme Court will also decide to protect the DACA program.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
You are highly encouraged to renew your DACA ASAP if it expires anytime in 2020.
- You can renew your DACA if you had it in the past and it expired or was terminated
- You should talk with a trusted legal service provider before you renew if you had contact with law enforcement since your last renewal or if your DACA was terminated
- Unfortunately, those who have never had DACA still cannot apply to the program.
I HAVE DACA. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
Stay Informed. Stay updated by following immigrants rights organizations. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), National Immigration Law Center (NILC), and United We Dream (UWD) are a couple of key organizations to follow.
Get an immigration screening. Use Immigrants Rising’s Immigration Legal Intake Service to see if you may be eligible for a permanent immigration option.
Take care of yourself and reach out for support. Take a break from social media and reach out to those in your support system to share how you’re feeling. If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, text HOME to 741741 or call 1-800-273-8255. Both services are free and available 24/7.
WHAT CAN ALLIES DO?
Donate to a DACA renewal fund. The cost to renew DACA is $495. Donate to help ensure people don’t miss out on the opportunity to renew. You can donate at United We Dream’s DACA Renewal Fund or FWD’s GoFundMe Hub.
Check-in on DACA recipients and other immigrants. These communities need to know we have their backs.
IMMIGRANTS RISING FAMILY MEMBERS FEATURED IN THE DACA NEWS
The Supreme Court is deciding if I can stay in the U.S – but my home is here
Denia Perez, former staff, scholar, and legal services fellow, featured in Newsweek
U.S Supreme Court takes on DACA – and the fate of nearly 200,000 California Dreamers
New Latthivongskorn, former scholar and Pre-Health Dreamers co-founder, featured in KQED News
These sisters both had DACA. One took matters into her own hands
Karen Hernandez, former scholar, featured on PRI’s The World)
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU
We know this is a lot to take in. We want you to know that Immigrants Rising remains committed to fighting alongside you and other undocumented young people.