Washington, DC – Today the U.S Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle DACA, the highly successful program that protects at least 700,000 young immigrants who have grown up in the United States from deportation. Planned Parenthood Action Fund salutes all those who worked tirelessly for this victory — including immigrant youth, families, and advocates like the Home is Here coalition, which represents over 100 organizations. This landmark victory to protect immigrant youth in our country is the result of their courageous work and commitment. Today, the Supreme Court delivered a blow to the Trump administration’s racist agenda, protecting immigrant youth and families from deportation, and in doing so defended their access to health care.
Statement from Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision to protect DACA is a huge victory and a testament to the power of immigrant youth. It comes as Black people in our country are continuing to fight for the right to live, and protest, without fear of police brutality. Let’s not forget that DACA is also a Black issue. For immigrants and Black Americans, there is no real reproductive freedom unless they have the freedom to live without fear of violence, deportation, and persecution. Planned Parenthood Action Fund stands in solidarity with all immigrants, who are fighting for their lives and face oppression from both the criminal justice system and unjust immigration policies and face violence from the enforcers of those policies, including the police and ICE.
“Full bodily autonomy is the ability to make personal decisions about one’s body without judgment or danger — and the freedom to live without your existence being policed. The fight for true Black liberation and against systemic racism will improve the lives of all immigrant communities. While this decision will give needed relief to hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth, we must remember that DACA doesn’t protect everyone. The only way the undocumented community can live freely, safely, and joyfully is when our national, state, and local governments defund law enforcement agencies and instead invest in the resources that our communities need, like health care and public education. Planned Parenthood Action Fund stands with the young immigrants who will rest a little easier tonight knowing that America is still their home.”
Black immigrants are more likely to be arrested and deported due to disproportionate policing and incarceration. Given recent reports that ICE has been dispatched to protests for Black lives, further protections are needed for immigrant and Black communities.
Amidst a public health crisis and a global reckoning on racial injustice, the last thing immigrant communities should worry about is the threat of deportations. As a next step, Congress must act now and pass the Dream & Promise Act H.R.6. It was passed by the House with an overwhelming, bipartisan majority vote. Congress should also ensure that automatic EAD renewals are part of any congressional solution, like the Heroes Act. While the courts have provided a welcome reprieve from the Trump administration’s illegal decision to terminate DACA, only Congress can provide permanent protections for young immigrants.
Planned Parenthood health centers serve everyone, regardless of their immigration status. Planned Parenthood Action Fund will continue to tirelessly defend the right to health care, and to live free from state violence and persecution, for all Planned Parenthood patients — no matter what.
Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational, advocacy and electoral activity, including grassroots organizing, legislative advocacy, and voter education.