Dear Alliance Families,
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, rejecting the Trump administration’s attempts to dismantle the program in a monumental 5-4 decision.
This is a historic decision, and one of great relief, for the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients currently living in the United States –– the only home they have ever known.
The decision to uphold DACA personally affects members of our Alliance community, including scholars, their families and staff. Also known as “Dreamers,” DACA recipients are provided temporary protection from deportation under the program. We are beyond thrilled that our scholars will be able to make their dreams of college and career a reality.
Still, we know that DACA is not a permanent solution for members of the Alliance community or the hundreds of thousands of others who are seeking a path to citizenship. As an organization built on the principles of social justice, we will continue to advocate for our communities and all those afflicted by the impermanence of the DACA program.
We can and must do better to protect those positively contributing to our country in so many ways. More than 95% of DACA recipients are employed––including an estimated 30,000 healthcare workers currently fighting the coronavirus pandemic––and 45% are pursuing an education.* Dreamers are part of the fabric and bright future of our country.
Alliance stands with our immigrant community, and we will continue to fight for equity and justice for all.
Executive Director, Alliance Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
*Source The Washington Post