Emotions were high as Rosa Garcia shared her story in front of the federal courthouse in Seattle on November 12th. “I’m an undocumented, unafraid, unapologetic mother of two, community member, and organizer with the Washington Dream Coalition,” said Garcia. “If DACA were to be taken away it would jeopardize the economic and health security I have started to build for my children. It is absolutely unacceptable that the U.S. government keeps getting away with the unnecessary violence they perpetrate on our communities. I need U.S. citizens to start using their privilege and put their bodies on the line for all of us.”
On November 12, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments regarding the Trump Administration’s unjust termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. OneAmerica, in coalition with the Washington Dream Coalition, the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, Washington Sin Fronteras, Latino Community Fund, Seattle Indivisible, MAPS-AMEN (American Muslim Empowerment Network), Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Families Belong Together, and many other immigrant youth groups, labor unions and organizations across the country, rallied in support of the program that has granted millions of undocumented youth protections.
Around the country, one message was heard loud and clear: our home is here.
Our communities stood together to fight not only for the approximately 700,000 DACA beneficiaries, but also all immigrant and refugee communities in WA state who continue to be torn apart from their families and neighbors in our own backyard. Businesses and educational institutions have also rallied in favor of DACA recipients.
DACA is legal, constitutional, and it works. If the Supreme Court Justices let the Trump Administration end DACA, it will endanger the futures of hundreds of thousands of members of our communities.
Our rally signifies the beginning towards a vision of justice, a vision that leaves no one behind, and that liberates all 11 million undocumented immigrants because none of us are free until all of us are free. We seek a roadmap to freedom that includes citizenship for all. Our home is here and we are here to stay.
What’s next if you are a DACA recipient?
Make sure to renew! DACA is still in effect, so continue to renew from now through March (or until a decision is made) at the latest even if your status doesn’t expire until later in 2020 or early 2021. We would also urge you to renew soon because USCIS has proposed to increase filing fees for DACA renewals by $275. Also, seek legal advice to see if you have other options. To find legal help, see www.ailalawyer.org or www.probono.net.
Need support to renew your DACA? Check out some of the resources below: