DACA In The Courts Update: August 17, 2018.

A lot is happening on DACA and immigration overall. Join us as we break down this moment together. We’ll also be talking about this together on Facebook Live Friday, August 17th at 6:00PM ET — get your questions ready for UWD members!

Top 5 Things You Need To Know:

  1. The Trump Administration’s goal is to end protections. Their goal is to speed up the courts & use us as bargaining chips for his border wall and more agents. ​This administration killed DACA on September 5, 2017, and has said that their ultimate goal is to deport undocumented people. Trump has tried to use us in the past to get more money for deportation agents. Recently, he publicly said that he wants to shut down the government if he doesn’t get money for his wall and he continues to defend ICE and CBP deportation agents every chance he gets. Their goal is to speed up the court cases so he can get the Supreme court to agree to end DACA.
  2. Trump and Republicans in Texas were using the courts for their political gain and to end any chance of new applications and the renewals process for good. ​Texas, the government, and Republican lawyers complained to Texas Judge Hanen that new DACAs made their jobs impossible and that’s why they should end the whole program and declare it unlawful. Hanen could rule any day now, and we can expect a bad decision that attacks DACA. Yesterday, the people fighting for DACA in the DC court case said that for the moment they agreed to accept the part of Judge Bates decision that talked about renewals and holding off on the part that talked about new DACAs for now. What happened in the DC courts yesterday allowed for the movement lawyers in Texas to basically say to judge Hanen that the thing that Republicans were complaining about is no longer relevant to the case should end.
  3. Right now, three federal courts agree: Trump’s decision to end DACA was wrong. The DC, California and New York courts have all ordered USCIS to continue accepting DACA renewals. That will be the law of the land for now. The only way DACA can end is if the Supreme Court of the United States says so.
  4. DACA renewals are still in place and you should apply. ​Thanks to the power of organizing and excellent movement lawyers, the renewals process is still in place. If your DACA expires before 2020, we recommend you renew your DACA now​. You can find resources to apply for renewal at RenewMyDACA.com. To help immigrant youth renew their DACA, donate here: DACARenewalFund.com
  5. We got this and we got each other. We know the Trump administration is doing everything it can to deport and detain immigrants and people of color. However, they will not push us back into the shadows and the best protection is coming together and organizing. Together we have helped thousands of immigrant young people renew their DACA, join local campaigns to #LiveUnafraid and fight for real victories that protect our communities. We are #HeretoStay and #HeretoFight!

UWD is the first and largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation & advocates for the dignity of immigrant families, regardless of immigration status.