SER National Statement on Supreme Court DACA Ruling

Our nation started out this week with something different for 2020 – good news.

A cumulative sigh of relief can be heard from 700,000 young immigrants given a reprieve by the Supreme Court today. SER National celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to block the Trump administration from immediately proceeding with its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We recognize that this ruling provides only a temporary protection, but every step forward provides hope.

DACA protects hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children, by shielding them from deportation and allowing them to work. The DACA program does not currently provide a pathway to citizenship.

DACA-eligible immigrants are working and contributing their time, talent and treasure to the U.S. Let’s also remember they are paying approximately $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.

SER’s vision is “to enable the Hispanic community and other underserved populations, to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream, achieving equal access and parity in all aspects of American society.” We see each person as a valuable creation with endless capabilities. Because they are.

SER has served Dreamers throughout the past decade, especially through student education programs. We’ve seen them learn, grow and contribute to America, despite the hateful actions and words of many of our citizens. We recognize and greatly appreciate the value they bring to the U.S. along with an undeniable sense of patriotism for this great nation. Many even join the U.S. military, willing to risk their lives for a country that devalues them as individuals and contributors to society.

Please join SER in keeping the American dream alive for young immigrants by encouraging instead of blocking the contributions they already offer our society. May we as a nation operate with humanity at the forefront.

Ignacio Salazar
President and CEO
SER Job for Progress National, Inc.