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20 June 2020

HAF Applauds Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of DACA Recipients

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The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling upholds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows certain individuals who came to the United States as children to defer deportation and become eligible for a work permit. In response to the ruling, Hispanic Access Foundation’s President and CEO Maite Arce released the following statement:

“We are elated by the Supreme Court decision on DACA as this ensures that nearly 700,000 immigrants -- mostly young Latinos born in Mexico and other Latin American countries -- will no longer need to live under a cloud of uncertainty or in constant fear of being deported and removed from the land where they’ve spent the majority of their life. 

“DACA recipients are hard-working contributors to our country. They work diligently to educate themselves and provide for themselves and their families. These individuals are many of our nation’s business owners, healthcare workers, educators, historians, engineers, and pastoral leaders.” 

“This is a step forward as we support a fair and just path to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented people in the United States who are essential to our nation’s culture, history and economy.” 

A study by the Center for American Progress estimated that DACA recipients will add $460.3 billion to the U.S. GDP over the next decade. The DACA ruling follows this week’s significant landmark decision finding that gay and transgender workers are protected under federal employment law. 

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