The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network applauds and celebrates today’s Supreme Court ruling denying Trump’s reckless efforts to end the DACA program, as well as two decisions earlier this week denying the Administration the right to punish state and local governments who refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and affirming that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity are prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Despite tilting ever more to the right, with these rulings, the Supreme Court finally offered a beam of hope to millions.
Trump used ending DACA to reinforce his white supremacist agenda and put nearly one million lives at risk for life-altering, life-risking deportations. We join the thousands of DACAmented community members celebrating this awaited decision. As we celebrate this victory, we want to honor the tireless work leading to this moment. We wish to thank the immigrant youth, organizers, activists, parents, and community who organized, moved actions, pressured, worked day and night, and poured their heart, soul, and tears to continue the fight for DACA.
We acknowledge that we can celebrate these important victories now because of the thousands of folks who have shown the power of the people raising their voices in the streets over and over again. But we know that the lucha is not over. At this very moment, we are at a critical crossroads in the struggle for racial justice, as we continue to demand that Black Lives Matter. SEIRN continues to stand strong in the fight for permanent protection for 12 million undocumented immigrants and re-energized in our call to defund the police and abolish ICE. We are committed to upholding the rights and dignity of all. We won't stop fighting ever, but today we will celebrate these victories!