by Félix Pérez
This Tuesday brought two unexpected developments in the national effort to pass a permanent legislative solution for the Dreamers brought here as infants and children: a televised White House meeting between President Trump and members of Congress to find common ground, and a late-night federal court ruling that offered a temporary victory.
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Advocates for the Dreamers, which include 8,800 educators and 600,000 high school and college students, characterized the developments as a far cry from a permanent solution that protects Dreamers. Dreamers and their advocates in the K-12, higher education, religious, labor and business communities are continuing their all-out push for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation and for Trump to sign it as part of next week’s must-pass legislation to avert a federal government shutdown. Among their activities is a national day of action under way today.
Dreamers and legal analysts emphasized that last night’s court ruling, in which a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to reinstate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama-era program, was a temporary fix. They cautioned that the decision underscores that the only permanent solution to protect Dreamers and DACA recipients is one that Congress passes and that Trump enacts.
Marc Egan, director of government relations for the National Education Association, said:
The ruling is a victory, but it is not a permanent solution. This lawsuit and inevitable appeals will be tied up for months in the legal process. That’s unacceptable to the hundreds of thousands students and educators who live every day in fear, uncertainty and confusion.”
Since Trump rescinded DACA last September, nearly 15,000 students and young Americans once covered by DACA have been put at risk of deportation. Another 122 lose their protected status every day.
María Domínguez, a first-grade DACA-mented teacher in Austin, Texas, brought to the United States when she was nine, credits DACA and her educator-led unions with “giving me the opportunity to give back to the community that I came from, because this is an issue that directly impacts me, my family, my students and their families.”