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TOP celebrates DACA being upheld

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration’s attempt to end DACA, a program that has allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the country to live and contribute more freely and fully.

“Today, we are crying tears of joy and relief,” said Jessica Azua, director of TOP’s immigrant justice campaign and a DACA recipient. “These past months waiting on this decision that would have such a huge impact on our futures have been unbearably stressful. We know that this is not the last word on DACA, but today, we’re celebrating.”

Delivering the opinion of the Court, Chief Justice Roberts found the administration’s rescission of DACA to be “arbirtrary and capricious.” The ruling emphasized that the administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify ending the DACA program.

“I instantly felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders when I heard the good news,” said Samantha Garcia, a TOP member and DACA recipient. “Our fight for being fully recognized is not over, however, this decision is a significant reassurance that I can continue to contribute to and love this country that I call home.”

TOP is committed to continue fighting for the rights and freedoms we all deserve. We are America. DACA recipients, their parents and every immigrant in this country is welcome, and we will fight with them for their right to stay.

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Texas Organizing Project organizes Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties with the goal of transforming Texas into a state where working people of color have the power and representation they deserve. For more information, visit organizetexas.org.

This press release was sent out June 18, 2020.