María Ponce,, 202-394-2139

Issued February 26, 2018

SEIU’s Sáenz: SCOTUS says no to Trump Administration; DACA continues for now

WASHINGTON, D.C.—SEIU International Executive Vice President, Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement after The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to overturn court rulings that ordered Trump to continue DACA:

“Today the Supreme Court refused to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA program. The court rejected the Trump administration request to overturn court rulings that ordered Trump to continue DACA. The court's decision is a defeat for the Trump administration and a victory for immigrant families. But our job is not over. Dreamers lives still hang on the balance. We will continue to demand that Republicans reject Trump’s mass deportation plans to tear immigrant families apart and enact a permanent solution for Dreamers and people with TPS.

“We will continue to mobilize our communities and voters to protect DACA, TPS, and elect leaders that will champion lasting immigration reform with a path to citizenship. We will remain at the frontlines and hold accountable those who have stood in the way of Dreamers and immigrant families. From Trump to extremist Republicans who continue to spout hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies.

“Additionally SEIU will continue to fight for good, union jobs; higher wages; clean air and water; an end to anti-Black racism; and quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why today WE RISE along with thousands of people across the nation stood up to defend unions in the case before the Supreme Court justices, Janus v. AFSCME. The Janus case is part of a well-funded campaign by the rich and powerful to divide us from our co-workers and limit the power of workers to have good union jobs.

“They know that when working people join together — just like we’re doing today —nothing can stop us against attempts to divide us as immigrant or native-born, TPS recipient or DREAMer, union member or non-union. Make sure to follow #WeRise to see working people in action.

“It's not too late for Dreamers to file to renew and extend their DACA status. The Department of Homeland Security, DHS, is abiding by the court's requirement that DHS accept DACA renewals. Dreamers all over the country are filing applications to renew DACA and DHS is already granting DACA renewals.