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January 10, 2018

Policy Summary

On Tuesday, January 9, US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to terminate DACA. Alsup quoted the President himself in his 49-page court order. The quote came from Twitter of course, which Trump had composed less than two weeks following the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to rescind the program, questioning why anyone would “throw out good, educated and accomplished young people.” For Judge Alsup, this sentiment summarizes why ending DACA is unconstitutional. Judge Alsup went on to write that it is not up to the current administration to determine if a former administration’s policies were illegally formed, which was DHS’ so-called main motivation for rescinding the program last September.

Analysis

The decision to terminate DACA was previously analyzed in another USRESISTNEWS brief. To reiterate those points, similar to the analyses of administration decisions to end TPS for recipients from Haiti, and El Salvador, there is an obvious economic impact that would result from the deportation of hundreds of thousands of hardworking individuals who have lived, worked, studied, grown up, paid taxes, and started families in America, but there are even more dire moral implications for the reasons driving these decisions, which demonstrate a flagrant disregard for human life that is not White.

Engagement Resources

  • Act with Here to Stay: Here to Stay is a campaign run by United We Dream aimed at defending DACA. The organization hosts local Defend DACA rallies and other events, holds community calls, and provides resources for understanding DACA, as well as mental health resources for anyone who is affected by the administration’s decision to end DACA.
  • Support the National Immigration Law Center: Since 1979, NILC has been exclusively dedicated to defending low-income immigrants. Through impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications, NILC advances the rights of those who came to the US in search of a better life. You can support NILC’s mission by donating or attending one of their training or educational events.
  • Show Your Solidarity with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: ILRC is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, as well as engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. You can show your solidarity with ILRC by making a contribution to the center or attending a virtual or in-person ILRC training.

This brief was compiled by Allie Blum. If you have comments or want to add the name of your organization to this brief please contact allie@usresistnews.org.


 

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