FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 16, 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 [email protected]
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 [email protected]
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew S. Hanen blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from moving forward. The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
“Judge Hanen is a well-known judge by now when it comes to his clear anti-immigrant bias. Regretfully, the judiciary system has been stuffed by Republican presidents with conservative judges who are not driven by a commitment to serve the interests of common people, common sense and a commitment to deliver impartial justice. Instead, many of them rule based on racist and xenophobic prejudice. What the U.S. Congress must do is dare to abolish, once and for all, the deeply racist and xenophobic Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act passed in 1996. Immigrants are a blessing for the nation, and our laws should reflect that,” stated Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Today’s anti-immigrant ruling by Judge Hanen points to the urgent need for Congress to once and for all pass immigration legislation that would protect millions in this country. The future of the DACA program is still uncertain and we urge Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and President Biden to use the budget reconciliation process as a way for DACA recipients, TPS beneficiaries, essential workers and farmworkers to secure permanent residency visas to ensure the dignified inclusion of so many immigrants,” stated Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.