CLASP, First Focus Campaign for Children, and other members of the Children Thrive Action Network (CTAN) submitted this statement for the record to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the June 15, 2021 hearing on “The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021.”
As a DACA recipient myself, I woke up on June 18th feeling the anxious anticipation we had all experienced over the past few months, but with a distinct notion that today was the day. That morning, I refreshed my browser one last time and read what my eyes could hardly believe. We won.
Today, as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether to uphold an injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we reflect on what citizenship means in absence of papers.