Immigrant groups launch national campaign to back DACA

Immigrant groups launch national campaign to back DACA
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An alliance of immigrant rights organizations on Wednesday launched a national campaign to showcase the benefits of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program ahead of a Nov. 12 Supreme Court hearing on its termination.

The Home is Here campaign will include ads highlighting the contributions of DACA beneficiaries. It will also hold rallies leading up to the Supreme Court hearing in cities across the nation.
 
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According to the campaign's organizers, DACA recipients pay $5.7 billion in federal taxes and $3.1 billion in state taxes annually, and are parents to more than 250,000 U.S. citizen children.

"Over the past six years, [The Center for American Progress's] research has demonstrated that DACA works, helping to strengthen national, state, and local economies and unlock tremendous human potential," said Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP).
 
"Like every lower court that has ruled on the question so far, the U.S. Supreme Court should halt the Trump administration’s illegal efforts to end DACA so that we can work together to build a fair, humane, and workable immigration system that advances the nation’s interests and values.” 

The campaign will also serve as an informational asset for DACA recipients, amid reports that many have developed reservations about renewing their status for fear of government retribution.

The campaign will feature renewal clinics to help the 700,000-plus recipients update their status despite the Trump administration's stated goal to end the program.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE first ordered the termination of DACA — an Obama-era program to give deferral from deportation and work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as minors — in September 2017, setting off a flurry of lawsuits.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases, McAleenan v. Batalla Vidal, Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, and Trump v. NAACP. In all three, lower courts ruled that Trump's termination of DACA was illegal.

The Department of Homeland Security, which administers DACA, has been forced by courts to continue providing renewals for the program, which grants a two-year permit to its beneficiaries.

DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, need to be of a certain age, be in school or have graduated, pay a fee and pass a background check to apply or renew their status.

The organizations involved in the campaign include everything from national political progressive groups like CAP, to local civil rights organizations like Maryland's CASA, to big tech-funded immigrant and civil rights organization FWD.us.

Community Change/FIRM, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Justice Action Center, Make the Road New York, NAKASEC, National Immigration Law Center and United We Dream are also part of the campaign.

"The Supreme Court’s decision will have life-altering consequences for DACA recipients like me, our families, and our communities," said Maria Praeli, government relations manager at FWD.us.
 
"Millions of people across the country will be impacted by the decision. Dreamers have shown immeasurable bravery as we fight for the right to continue contributing to the only country that most of us have ever known," she said.