Gov. Wolf, Commission on Latino Affairs Release Statements on Upholding of DACA Program

June 18, 2020

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling halting the shutdown of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Gov. Tom Wolf released the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling will provide some comfort to the nearly 800,000 American immigrants who faced deportation, as well as their loved ones,” said Gov. Wolf. “Many of these Dreamers faced the unconscionable deportation to a country they left at a young age and do not remember. Now, they can continue to reside in the communities they call home, where they are important parts of the social fabric as volunteers, neighbors, workers, and friends. These Americans make contributions that benefit all of us and help drive our economy.

“This ruling is also a reminder that government cannot use law to discriminate against people based on race, ethnicity, or place of birth.”

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) supports the ruling of the Supreme Court declaring legal the DACA program implemented by the Obama Administration. Maria Teresa Donate, GACLA Chair, stated:

“The DACA program offers legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants who came to this country as children. They have few memories of their country of origin, mostly speak English, and have become law-abiding citizens who pay taxes, own homes and have children. Dreamers have pursued the same aspirations of past immigrants, in this case facing far more challenges. For example, in the pursuit of higher education to become educated and productive citizens, they endured far more sacrifices by working long hours while attending college since their status excludes them from eligibility for federal and state financial aid.

“DACA recipients truly deserve their share of the American Dream.”

GACLA’s Government That Works Committee Chairperson Joanna Otero Cruz and Vice-Chairperson Maritza Padua added in a joint statement:

“GACLA’s Government That Works Committee is elated with the SCOTUS’s decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). Our immigrant communities are essential to the social and economic fabric of our country. We are proud to stand up for and support the more than 800,000 Dreamers in the United States. We will continue to advocate and fight for fair and permanent immigration reform.”

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