YWCA applauds the Supreme Court’s decision finding the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) was unlawful. This important decision helps ensure that immigrants brought to the United States as children can continue their lives with their families in the communities and country they know and honors our nation’s commitment to the nearly 700,000 Dreamers who have received DACA status.
YWCA is committed to keeping families together and free, and supports immigration legislation and policies that reunify families, provide trauma-informed care and support to impacted individuals and families, protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and provide a path to citizenship for the nearly 3.6 million DACA recipients. We stand united with the thousands of women, children, and families we serve daily, who all deserve opportunity and safety. In particular, YWCA supports the Dream Act, which would provide legal status and a permanent pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.
“YWCA is committed to ensuring that those seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA. “The DACA program provides an opportunity for young people to live productive, safe, and happy lives in the United States. Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court keeps the DACA program in place, but there is still work left to be done. Now, Congress needs to pass a clean DREAM Act to permanently protect the nearly two million Dreamers, for whom today’s ruling is only a temporary solution.”
Learn more about YWCA’s legislative priorities on immigration and read our briefing paper, “Families Belong Together and Free” here.
About YWCA USA
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.
YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights; empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls; and health and safety of women and girls.