DACA Recipients Marched More Than 200 Miles To Tell Supreme Court #HomeIsHere
Government lawyers argue to allow Trump to repeal program protecting thousands
The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows immigrants brought to the United States as children protections against deportation Tuesday.
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The program was originally created in 2012 by President Barack Obama but President Trump 2017 attempted to repeal it in 2017. That action was blocked in federal court and has been working up the court system ever since.
Today at the Supreme Court’s hearing of the first arguments against Trump's UNLAWFUL attempt to terminate #DACA -- a critical protection for our friends, our families, and community.— UndocuBlack Network (@UndocuBlack) November 12, 2019
DACA holders are pillars of our communities. Their home is here! #HomeIsHere #BeyondTemporary pic.twitter.com/sna9X268Ih
Massive protest marked the day with thousands of students marching more than 200 miles to the steps of the Supreme Court.
So excited to join Undocumented youth and allies across the country to let the Supreme Court know - immigrants are #HereToStay. On Nov 12th, EVERYONE is coming together to tell #SCOTUS - our #HomeIsHere!— bambadjan (@RealBambadjan) November 11, 2019
Text HOME to 877-877pic.twitter.com/MBO6mAX5Fe pic.twitter.com/4H1J0jJBL2
"It's time for African Americans, Caribbeans, and Afro-Latinos recognize that #immigration is a BLACK issue... I am here to fight for EVERYONE. ALL. OF. US." — @UndocuBlack #HomeIsHere #DACA pic.twitter.com/x3lmKOj8ip— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) November 12, 2019
Much of the discussion surrounding the issue of DACA has made it out to be an issue only surrounding Mexican immigrants, but statistics show many immigrants eligible for the program also come from African and Caribbean countries.
“They sent a very clear message that it’s okay for them to use our bodies as property and nothing more. Our fear is that this is a set-up,” said Jayes-Green, an afro-Panamanian immigrant to NBC News, at the time of Trump originally announcing his repeal of the program in 2017. “They rescinded the program which means they want something else. The administration is pushing Congress to put this right legislatively, but they want to use us as bargaining chips, offer us as inducements for the border wall.”
President Trump reaffirmed that thought process early Tuesday when he mentioned the case in a tweet, promising a deal would be made with congressional Democrats if the program is allowed to be rescinded.
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
A New York Times analysis of questions asked by the justice that a party line vote is expected, but no official word is to be given on the future of the program before Spring 2020 at the earliest.