The Boston Foundation praises Supreme Court ruling on DACA

June 18, 2020

Boston – The Boston Foundation today issued the following statement regarding today’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision blocking the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA.

“At a time when inequity and racism are at the forefront of the American conscience, today’s ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, is a victory for justice for hundreds of thousands of young people who are contributing, dedicated members of our communities and enhance the vibrancy and vitality of our culture. We celebrate the Court’s ruling calling out the Trump Administration’s capricious and cruel anti-immigrant efforts to end DACA.

“Coupled with the court victory earlier this week protecting millions of LGBTQ people from workplace bias, the ruling gives us something we have had in short supply in recent times – hope.

“We can’t delude ourselves, though, into believing this or any other aspect of the fight for equitable treatment under the law is ended. As recent months have underscored, our society has much to do if we are to break the racism, inequity and inequality that are still powerful parts of who we are as a nation. Today’s ruling, too, is just a temporary measure that does not fully resolve the legal status of DACA recipients who came here as children and consider this nation their home.

“We can expect continued challenges – and we must continue our work to support communities bearing an undue burden in an era of COVID-19, racial violence and inequitable administration of justice. We must also continue our own learning of how we can better support, engage and uplift all groups in our community and region.

“Tomorrow, we will close our offices in commemoration of Juneteenth, as a day of reflection and self-education. We draw encouragement from this week’s court rulings and the continued strength and commitment of those who are speaking, marching and calling for change. The road will be long. We are committed to the journey.”