Rosario Quiroz Villarreal on SCOTUS DACA Decision: "This is an important, yet temporary, protection" – Next100
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Rosario Quiroz Villarreal on SCOTUS DACA Decision: “This is an important, yet temporary, protection”

Rosario Quiroz Villarreal, Next100 policy entrepreneur and former DACA recipient, released a statement on today's DACA decision in English and Spanish.

With the news that the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals program in a 5-4 ruling, Rosario Quiroz Villarreal, Next100 policy entrepreneur  and former DACA recipient, released the following statement in English and Spanish:

“Today, nearly 650,000 DACA recipients collectively took a sigh of relief as the Supreme Court determined that the manner in which the Trump administration rescinded DACA was illegal. Immigrant youth fought long and hard for DACA, and it is positive to see the Supreme Court reject this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda, which has repeatedly sought to attack and criminalize our immigrant community. This is an important, yet temporary, protection for these members of our community who consistently contribute to, and enrich, our country. The moment is long overdue for Congress to move forward on permanent protections for DACA recipients by passing the American Dream and Promise Act. Our country stands to gain so much from fully embracing the full potential of immigrant youth and all immigrants. As we think about how we will rebuild our country after the devastation of COVID-19 and in consideration of Black lives, which have not been protected by the concept of citizenship, we will need the skills and ideas of our diverse immigrant population to contribute to the work we have ahead. DACA recipients have given this country their best and they deserve to live with the certainty that the United States will protect their rights and dignity permanently.”

“Hoy, casi 650,000 beneficiarios de DACA colectivamente dieron un suspiro de alivio cuando la Corte Suprema determinó que la forma en que la administración de Trump quiso deshacerse de DACA fue ilegal. Los jóvenes inmigrantes lucharon muy duro por DACA, y es positivo ver que la Corte Suprema rechazó la agenda anti inmigrante de esta administración, que ha tratado repetidamente de atacar y criminalizar a nuestra comunidad inmigrante. Esta es una protección importante, pero temporal, para estos miembros de nuestra comunidad que constantemente contribuyen y enriquecen a nuestro país. Desde hace mucho, el Congreso a tenido la responsabilidad de avanzar las protecciones permanentes para los beneficiarios de DACA al aprobar HR6- la legislación de Promesas y Sueños Americanos. Nuestro país puede ganar mucho al aprovechar plenamente el potencial de los jóvenes inmigrantes y todos los inmigrantes. Mientras pensamos en cómo reconstruiremos nuestro país después de la devastación de COVID-19, y en consideración de las vidas negras, las cuales no han sido protegidas por el concepto de ciudadanía, necesitaremos las habilidades e ideas de nuestros inmigrantes para contribuir al trabajo que tenemos por delante. Los beneficiarios de DACA han dado sus mejores esfuerzos a este país y merecen vivir con la certeza de que este país protegerá sus derechos y dignidad de forma permanente.”

Read Rosario’s policy recommendations for how states can protect DACA recipients and download the #HomeIsHere toolkit, which includes information for educators, families, school leaders, and district and state leaders on how to take action after the Supreme Court announces the DACA ruling.

About the Author

Portrait of Rosario Villarreal, she has straight black hair, tortoise shell glasses, and a wide smile.
Rosario Quiroz Villarreal Education & Early Years

Rosario Quiroz Villarreal is an advocate for immigrants and students. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Rosario understood that her parents made sacrifices in moving to a new country in order to secure better opportunities for the future. At Next100, Rosario focuses on protecting the rights and access to education of immigrant students, creating more culturally inclusive classrooms, and interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.

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