WARWICK, RI — Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) joined RI Congressional delegates praising Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for 650,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, calling a DACA forum to plan their path to citizenship.
The ranks protected by DACA include 3,000 Rhode Islanders who can now continue to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.
But, said U.S. Sen Jack Reed (D-RI), U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Langevin, there is still work to be done to create a path to full citizenship for the thousands who live under the shadow of deportation through no fault of their own.
The ruling also affects nearly 200,000 essential frontline workers who have helped the nation confront the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Langevin’s office.
“Dreamers are American citizens in every sense of the word,” said Cicilline (D-RI), “They were brought here as children. The President and his allies claim they are a burden on our country. To the contrary, they make rich contributions to our society every day. They have earned Rhodes scholarships, started businesses, and founded non-profits. America is their home. They know no other country than this one.”
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a win for America, Rhode Island, and our economy. It shows people matter, justice matters, and the law matters,” Reed said.
“Now it’s time for @senatemajldr McConnell to bring the House-passed DACA bill up for a vote, so we can make protections for dreamers permanent. Call up the bill, Mitch,” Whitehouse tweeted following the ruling.
“Today’s decision reflects what the majority of Americans believe – that these young people who know no other place as home belong here. DACA recipients embody the American Dream and deserve an opportunity to live, work and contribute to this great nation,” Langevin said.
Today, at 3 p.m., Langevin will host a virtual forum on the Supreme Court ruling to discuss the immediate impact and the next steps needed to permanently secure the future of DACA recipients, “To continue to push for enactment of the American Dream and Promise Act to give these young people permanent protections and a path to citizenship,” Langevin said.
DACA FORUM: Friday, June 19, 3 P.M.
EVENT LINK REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/3121sJc
QUESTIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED AHEAD OF EVENT: https://bit.ly/2YeHo4U