The campaign showcases a broad array of allies in “Friend of the Court” filings meant to underscore the popularity of the Dream Act- and the implications of striking it down
(Washington, D.C.) – As immigrant Dreamers and their allies continue organizing in earnest, the National Education Association (NEA) announced its support for the Home is Here campaign just as the U.S. Supreme Court begins its term this month prepared to rule on the Constitutionality of the 2012 Dream Act. The support and resources from NEA and other DACA allies are meant to further highlight and amplify the broad support for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that exists across the nation. That support includes not only impacted individuals, but legal and policy experts, organizations, corporations, cities, counties, states, former government officials, religious groups, civil rights organizations, and hundreds of other supporters who signed amicus briefs calling on the Supreme Court to uphold lower court rulings that have required the Department of Homeland Security to continue processing renewal applications under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Dreamer allies like California Teachers Association (CTA) continue to show their support with Friend of the Court briefs describing DACA as highly successful, legal, and practical. The Trump administration’s termination of the program was the unlawful act, as courts across the country have already ruled.
CTA President Toby Boyd was emphatic in stating the association’s strong support for DACA recipients; “Our California Dreamers, like those across the country, are the essence of the American Spirit. They bring the hope of youth that helps us redefine ourselves and make more perfect this Grand Democratic Experiment. We will stand proudly beside them as they face this latest attack.”
These briefs also share a compelling highlight of what is at stake for 700,000+ DACA recipients, their families (including 256,000 U.S. citizen children), our communities, the economy, and our country if the Court overturns the lower court rulings currently allowing DACA renewals to continue.
For the National Education Association, DACA has meant access to qualified professionals for schools across the nation. Emma Leheny, Senior Counsel, National Education Association writes in the NEA and PTA Amicus Brief; “For young people who, prior to DACA, had only a limited pathway to college and almost no realistic expectation of long-term employment, the program created new hope and a reason to strive for academic excellence. Since DACA began over seven years ago, many DACA recipients, in reliance on the program, have completed high school, entered four-year colleges and universities, and graduated to embark on careers in public service. And school districts, also relying on DACA, have hired thousands of DACA recipients. DACA 3 recipients have helped alleviate the nationwide shortage of qualified educators, particularly in high needs schools and communities, and they serve as role models for the next generation of increasingly diverse students.”
NEA is joined in support with immigrant youth-led advocacy organization United We Dream; representing 400,000 members, as well as 5 statewide branches, and over 100 local groups across 28 states. Over 60% of its members are womxn and 20% identify as LGBTQ. UWD strikes a confident tone as SCOTUS starts its term; “We are made up of fearless youth fighting to improve the lives of ourselves, our families and our communities. Our vision is a society that celebrates our diversity and we believe in leading a multi-ethnic, intersectional path to get there.” Interested members can get involved by contacting UWD here:
As the attorney of record representing DACA recipients before the Court at the November 12 hearing, Andy Pincus is a veteran litigator with 29 prior appearances before the Court. He has already been vocal about the consequences of a ruling stripping rights from Dreamers; immigrants used as pawns before the High Court to serve the Trump Administration’s political aims will leave the burden of misery of 800,000 law-abiding DACA recipients squarely on the shoulders of SCOTUS.
NEA/CTA members and interested activists can visit the website and learn how to support DACA and our Dreamers.