Call on Congress to act now on legislation with a pathway to citizenship
Justice prevailed on June 18, 2020: By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act, blocking the administration’s 2017 attempt to terminate the program. The Administrative Procedures Act requires officials to explain and justify abrupt changes in regulatory rules, which the Department of Homeland Security failed to do.
Chief Justice Roberts made it clear in his majority opinion that DHS could rescind DACA if it were to follow the appropriate procedures. Thanks to the grassroots organizing efforts and court challenges to restore the DACA program, DACA was fully restored in December 2020 following the NY federal district court ruling. USCIS started accepting new DACA applications and processing renewals. While we celebrate the win, DACA remains under threat.
Congress must act to end the uncertainty that has haunted dreamers since the Trump Administration first terminated the program in 2017.
Congress and the Biden administration can deliver on the promise to energize our economy and heal our nation by resetting and rebuilding our immigration system with a new path to citizenship for Dreamers, TPS and DED recipients, and essential immigrant workers. The only way to fully protect dreamers and DACA beneficiaries is by passing legislation with a pathway to citizenship.
The House of Representatives passed the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) in March 2021; now it’s time for the Senate to do the same. Call on your senators and demand they pass the Dream Act (S. 264) and the SECURE Act (S. 306).
Every person, regardless of immigration status, should be able to live without fear and threat of deportation. Congress must continue to work together for solutions that move the country forward without division and fear.
Join the AFT and our partners in this work—United We Dream, the National Immigration Law Center, the UndocuBlack Network, Home Is Here and others—in the struggle for a permanent path to citizenship for DACA recipients, individuals with Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure, Dreamers, and their families.
- AFT’s press release on the Supreme Court decision on DACA.
- Download the prek-12 toolkit for educators and school support staff.
- June 15th is the 9th Year Anniversary of DACA. Join the Call to Action.
- Select, download, print and share a selfie with one of our "I am unafraid" signs below.