LUPE Applauds Immigrant Young People for Hard-Fought Victory at Supreme Court

Info session to explain decision tonight at 6 pm

SAN JUAN, TX, June 18, 2020 —

La Unión del Pueblo Entero is reacting to the Supreme Court of the United States decision to reject Trump’s ending of DACA, preserve the program for the time being. The Supreme Court upheld the program, shielding nearly 700,000 undocumented youth from the Trump Administration’s deportation agenda.

“DACA was the largest victory in immigrant rights in over 30 years, delivered by undocumented young people after years of pressure and fearless organizing,” said Agripina Gomez, community organizer with LUPE and beneficiary of DACA. “This victory is a testament to our power and unending commitment to fight for our families and communities. Immigrant youth of the borderlands know that we won temporary relief from the daily terrors of Border Patrol. But we will never forget our families and neighbors who remain at risk of detention and deportation or who have already been deported. We must join the call to defund the police and that includes defunding Border Patrol and ICE.”

“We are celebrating and breathing a sigh of relief today, but we know the fight continues,” said Juanita Valdez-Cox, executive director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero. “This decision leaves the door open for Trump to turn around and try again to end DACA. Which means that the American people have a choice to make this November. They can choose to protect immigrants or choose to put them in harm’s way. Immigrant youth are leading the charge, but it is up to the American people to do their part to protect immigrant youth from deportation.”

LUPE is hosting a Facebook Live informational session on the decision this evening, Thursday, June 18, at 6 pm CT. The session will feature Texas Civil Rights Project for an explanation of the order and discussion of what comes next. Join the Facebook Live on LUPE’s Facebook page.

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LUPE is a nonprofit organization that helps the community organize for and win a better quality of life. LUPE was founded in 1989 by farmworker and civil rights leaders Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. We are a membership-based organization and our strength is found in the participation of our over eight thousand members. LUPE is a member organization of the RGV Equal Voice Network.

Learn more about LUPE online at www.lupenet.org

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