Working Group to Support Undocumented Students
Statement on SCOTUS DACA Decision
June 18, 2020
In solidarity with other Jesuit universities, the USF Working Group to Support Undocumented Students commends the June 18 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to overrule President Trump’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA protects about 700,000 young people - Dreamers - from deportation, including many USF community members, and provides them with a work permit that can be renewed every two years. Although new applications have not been accepted since September 2017, those who already had DACA status prior to this time have been eligible to renew their status through a $495 filing process. The Supreme Court decision provides extended respite to thousands of people who are students, parents of U.S. citizens, essential workers, taxpayers, and integral members of our communities.
While we applaud the ruling, we also recognize that this is just a small, but necessary victory for the overall fight for immigrant rights in the United States. DACA was never meant to be a permanent solution, but rather a stopgap measure ordered by President Obama in 2012 to protect vulnerable, young immigrants until a path to citizenship for Dreamers could become law. To that end, we urge Congress to act quickly and decisively to pass comprehensive immigration reform that paves a clear and just path to citizenship for the 10-12 million undocumented people who are critical to the success of our society and our economy.
Those who are seeking to understand more about what the SCOTUS decision on DACA means can visit DACADecision.com.
We encourage and invite students, staff, and faculty to actively participate in educational opportunities to learn about the experience of the undocumented community and engage in thoughtful advocacy in their particular spheres of influence. This moment provides an important opportunity for us to analyze the services we provide, improve our teaching methods, and critically examine the ways in which we acknowledge the presence of our undocumented community, holistically serve their needs, and intentionally contribute to their success.
The Working Group to Support Undocumented Students will continue to aid in the development of a campus community that allows undocumented students, staff, and faculty to thrive. As a clearinghouse of information, resources, advising, and development opportunities, we encourage our fellow campus members to share helpful resources with us by contacting email@example.com. For more information, visit our website.
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