UnidosUS condemns “cruel and shortsighted” DACA ruling by Texas federal court

WASHINGTON, DC— Following the recent ruling by a U.S. district court in Texas that limited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Carlos Guevara, UnidosUS’ Director for Immigration Initiatives, issued the following statement:

“The court’s decision is a stark reminder of the millions of lives that hang in the balance due to a broken immigration system. It reinforces our resolve to fight for permanent solutions for DACA recipients, as well the millions of others whose hopes, dreams, and aspirations hang in the balance. Our communities deserve greater certainty at a time when many of their contributions as frontline workers have helped keep our great nation afloat during a once in a generation health crisis.

“Research shows that more than 330,000 DACA recipients and TPS holders have stepped up to serve as essential workers during the pandemic, providing their fellow Americans with necessary goods and services. They are among the 5 million workers who lack permanent status that have served in essential roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The time for action is now. A solution that is good for America, Americans, and aspiring Americans alike – is within our reach. UnidosUS will fight for the inclusion of pathways to citizenship in pandemic recovery legislation, even if that means through the budget reconciliation process.”

According to a recent report, current legislative proposals that offer pathways to citizenship for undocumented immigrants could add $1.5 trillion to the country’s GDP over the next decade while generating 400,800 jobs that would increase wages of those eligible by $4,300. That report also finds that these measures could increase the wages of all other American workers by $600.