June 18, 2020

NDC Statement on the Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Today, New Democrat Coalition (NDC) Chair Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and NDC Whip Pete Aguilar (CA-31) issued a statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s challenge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

“The Supreme Court decision to stop the Trump administration from ending this life-changing program for now is great news for the thousands of Dreamers who have built their lives here, in the only country they’ve known as home.  While this decision provides temporary relief, we cannot allow the President to continue to use these young people as pawns to enact a cruel anti-immigrant agenda. The Senate must act immediately to codify the protections afforded by the DACA program.” 

“Dreamers contribute to our communities and boost our economy, create jobs, and raise wages for U.S. citizens. More than 200,000 DACA recipients are essential workers helping our communities survive the COVID-19 crisis. This includes nearly 30,000 DACA recipient health care workers, like doctors and nurses, who are on the frontlines of this response.

“Now more than ever we urge the Senate to pass the Dream and Promise Act to ensure DACA recipients and all Dreamers contributing to our communities every day can continue living their lives here and have a chance to earn citizenship.”

The New Democrat Coalition has long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform to create a modern immigration system that reflects our American values, creates a process for undocumented immigrants with long ties to the U.S. to earn citizenship, revamp our visa system, and smartly secure our border. Most recently, the Coalition included enacting comprehensive immigration reform in its 20 for 2020 Agenda. Last year, the New Democrat Coalition endorsed H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which provides permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients.