July 1, 2020
We celebrate with the more than 800,000 “Dreamers” ( DACA recipients brought to the US as children) as the US Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration cannot end the DACA program based on its current case. These excerpts from a UCC letter shared with us by Rev. Noel Andersen highlight the joy and the work ahead:
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion, in which he was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. “’The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern.’ We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action.”
“The movement of immigrant youth that led to this decision is simply remarkable,” said UCC Domestic Policy Advocate Katie Adams. “I’m grateful the Supreme Court has upheld what simply should not have been in question. Simply, our DACA siblings belong here and are rightfully here. Now we return renewed and with increased vigor to pass legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrant youth and Temporary Protected Status holders.”
“The contributions and gifts of DACA recipients have never been more clear than during the COVID-19 crisis, with over 200,000 of them essential workers on the frontlines,” said Adams who also chairs the Interfaith Immigration Collaborative. “As people of faith we understand that dignity, value and worth are inherent to every person. It is far past time for the U.S. Congress to now step in and do what’s right for the country — which is to enact permanent protections and a path to citizenship.”
It’s important to remember that this is temporary good news. The Administration has other avenues to end DACA and will continue other actions that hurt immigrants and refugees. Please join our Immigration Ministry team in continuing advocacy at the local and national level for justice. —Plymouth Immigration Ministry
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We look to God for the breaking of oppression and healing in the land. Let us stand together with one voice as we watch, fight, and pray with life prioritized.
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