National organization looks to Congress to pass citizenship for long time immigrants residing in the country
Washington DC – CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres issued the following statement after Judge Hanen ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the Texas v. United States case. Overwhelmingly popular amongst US voters, DACA offers protections to immigrants who have lived in the United States since they were children. Current DACA recipients maintain their status and continue to be able to renew it as normal for now, but no new applicants can be approved. This maintains the status quo resulting from a previous decision by the same federal judge and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case will again wind its way through the appeals process in federal court and then end up at the Supreme Court.
“We wholly expected this decision from this conservative judge, who has proven once and again his xenophobia. People who have DACA and people who are eligible for DACA are tired of this nauseating ride wherein the program is offered and then stripped away. An immigration system where this inhumane treatment is permissible and encouraged is in desperate need of overhaul: we demand that Congress finally move forward with legislation to provide citizenship for immigrants who have been in this country for years.
“We welcome President Biden’s promise to ‘keep families together,’ but what that means is judiciously dedicating every executive resource and complete political will to accomplish this goal. The Administration must take action both for these immigrant youth who have been here for years and for the millions of other immigrants who have made the United States their home, including the parents of DACA recipients who sacrificed so much to bring them here, the workers who drive our economy, the TPS recipients who have lived for too long without permanent status, and all the other undocumented immigrants who make the United States the country that it is every day. Claims of impotence from the Administration are worse than seeing the snide comments from this xenophobic judge or hearing the hate from MAGA Republicans. We look to President Biden and Congress to move immediately to protect the immigrant community.”
Jose Coronado-Flores is a DACA holder from Florida who now lives in Maryland. Jose immigrated from Guatemala when he was four years old, and today he serves as advocacy specialist for CASA. He shares: “They don’t like this program and they don’t like us. They don’t want us to be successful, but guess what: we are not leaving, and we will win. Nothing stopped me from graduating from college, writing my own book, and then coming back to advocate for immigrant communities. This case on DACA will continue in courts that are openly slanted against us. That’s why we can’t wait for some judge to save us. We will save ourselves by moving Congress, by passing citizenship, and by then by making our wildest dreams come true.”
With over 155,000 lifetime members across 46 US states, CASA is a national powerhouse organization building power and improving the quality of life in working-class: Black, Latino/a/e, Afro-descendent, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities. CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. www.wearecasa.org