Good news for DACA!

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Immigrant youth won today.

Our plaintiffs, along with co-counsel at Make the Road New York and Yale Law School’s Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, asked the court to help protect Dreamers, and today we got our wish: a federal court has rejected President Trump’s rationale for ending DACA and put in place another important block to protect Dreamers.

This means that anyone who had DACA in the past must be allowed to re-apply for DACA.

This ruling is particularly important as the arbitrary March 5th deadline that resulted in the crisis President Trump created is right around the corner.

Now all eyes turn to the Supreme Court as it decides whether it will take on a separate case regarding Trump’s DACA termination. It is likely that the Trump administration may appeal rapidly to the Supreme Court in an effort to take away this victory from our plaintiffs and all immigrant youth across the country.

This case is a testament to the bravery of Dreamers like our plaintiffs — this decision wouldn’t have happened if not for their courage to stand up for their rights.Every day, my colleagues are pushing forward strong legal strategies like this case, which serve as lifelines for those whose lives are being put at risk by the Trump administration’s reckless, unconstitutional and xenophobic acts.

Today’s victory is a big step in our fight for justice, but it isn’t the end game. We still need a permanent solution in Congress to protect Dreamers, and we won’t stop fighting — alongside our communities, in the courts, and in the halls of Congress — to achieve it. Thank you for being a part of this fight with us.

Si Se Puede!

Marielena Hincapie
Executive Director

Notes from our sister-Indivisible member Julie Martinez

-INDIVISIBLE Conejo Immigrants’ Rights Team Leader

“Fellow Immigrants’ Rights Advocates in Ventura County,
It is rare that I have promising news to share regarding the protection of Dreamers……
Today a federal judge in New York ruled  that the government must fully restart the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deportation amnesty and accept brand new applicants as well as renewals, throwing a potential wrench in the ongoing debate over the fate of “Dreamers” on Capitol Hill.  Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis said the administration does have the power to revoke DACA, but it must give a sound reason for doing so.
The tweeter-in-chief continues to dig holes for himself with his public displays of ineptitude……..
Judge Garaufis used Mr. Trump’s own tweets as evidence that the DACA program was ended precipitously, pointing to President Trump’s claims that he could “revisit this issue” as proof the program could have been continued.“The question before the court is thus not whether defendants could end the DACA program, but whether they offered legally adequate reasons for doing so,” wrote Judge Garaufis, a Clinton appointee to the court in New York. “Based on its review of the record before it, the court concludes that defendants have not done so.”    READ the full article from the WT
We continue to fight against the alt-right racist policy as propagated by this administration and we need your help to protect our Immigrant Communities.

Come to the Immigration Forum this weekend and learn more!

The Social Justice Fund for Ventura County is presenting a forum in our neighborhood this weekend. The SJFVC wants to explore how immigration effects Ventura County. Join us for a morning that will bring together local experts, educators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, activists, and stakeholders for a panel and round table discussion.
WHEN:Sat, February 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST
WHERE:Lundring Event Center
1-67 West Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
This event is open to the public. Community members seeking to learn more are encouraged to attend.

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