“We are both thrilled and relieved by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold the basic value of fairness by preserving DACA protections for undocumented immigrants. The Court’s ruling avoids what would have been a disastrous move to end the program at a time when more than 200,000 DACA recipients, many from the CUNY community, are working on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19 to keep us safe and our economy going. They are our family and friends, classmates and community leaders, who make us better through their diversity and strength of spirit. They are five current and former CUNY students who served as co-plaintiffs in the case, carrying the banner for hundreds of thousands of DACA participants nationwide.
“We applaud the Supreme Court ruling, but there is still much work to be done. We remain committed to fighting for justice for our undocumented students and making sure they are receiving the financial aid they need to continue their education through programs such as the New York State José Peralta DREAM Act and TheDream.US. Meanwhile, our attorneys at CUNY Citizenship Now!, the nation’s largest university legal assistance program, stand ready to provide DACA students with expert legal advice as they pursue every avenue to legal status. We recently secured a $25,000 donation to pay DACA renewal fees. I urge anybody with DACA status to contact Citizenship Now! to obtain information about the eligibility criteria and process for renewal.
TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 5,000 college scholarships to DREAMers at more than 70 partner colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC. We believe that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s prosperity.