NEW YORK – The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling sends a clear message about the devaluation of the humanity of our immigrant youth and the constant uncertainty they and their families face at the hands of leaders who use them as a political bargaining chip. It is yet another example of the injustices and cruelty our immigrant communities face in a country where they belong.
“The court’s ruling shows us that we need the Biden Administration and Congress to pass legislation swiftly that ensures DACA recipients are here to stay, and they need to fulfill their promises to secure permanent protections including a pathway to citizenship,” says Hillary Holley, Executive Director of Care in Action. “Women of color mobilized in record numbers to flip the Senate, and now we are counting on Congress to do right by us while we are currently working hard to defend many of these U.S. Senators’ seats. The fight for protecting Dreamers is not over and will continue into next year, making this year’s elections all the more important. DACA recipients deserve to live in certainty and without fear.”
We won’t take communities of color for granted; they are a driving force in our economy and at the ballot box. That’s why Care in Action is working to mobilize women of color voters by doubling down in our get out the vote efforts and direct voter outreach in key states such as Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Nevada. These races are close, and this ruling is just another example of why more organizations need to continue investing in local efforts to turn voters out.
Congress must act before the end of this year to keep families together, live up to our country’s values, and to lift the youth, students, families, and essential workers who contribute to our society and economy because it’s the only home they have ever known.
Care in Action is the policy and advocacy home for women who care, working on behalf of more than two million domestic workers and care workers across America. Among the fastest-growing sectors in our economy, domestic workers are also among the most vulnerable and undervalued. As a mostly women and majority women of color workforce, this growing constituency consistently and overwhelmingly supports progressive values in American political life. Learn more at www.careinaction.us.