This morning, the Supreme Court announced it would not hear the Trump administration’s appeal in its bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. So what does this mean for Dreamers? It means the nationwide injunctions instituted by lower courts allowing DACA renewals (but not new applicants) to continue remains in place. The decision is “a big rebuke to the admin[istration], who wanted to overturn the ruling so badly (and stop DACA renewals), they skipped the appeals court and went straight to the Supreme Court.”
But let’s be clear: without a Dream Act from Congress, Dreamers remain in a legal limbo. For those who can’t renew their DACA status—or never had DACA protections—they are still at risk of losing their jobs and deportation. With Congress back in session, it’s (past) time for our elected officials to protect the hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in this country.
ACTION OF THE DAY
Russia Cover-Up. Trump’s White House is coming up with new ways Trump could answer Mueller’s questions, including written testimony or pre-determined, limited questions. But what we really need is the full truth. Demand Trump answer all of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions, and tell the truth about what happened during the election. Sign our petition here—and make sure you share with friends and family! If 50,000 signatures are collected, we will personally deliver this to Trump’s lawyers. You can also expose the Cover-Up Caucus, with events happening across the country.
#BoycottTheNRA. Over the weekend, multiple companies dropped their ties to the NRA, part of an ongoing movement following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Two of the biggest announcements came from Delta and United Airlines, who had previously offered discounts to NRA members traveling to the national convention in Dallas, Texas in May. But numerous companies are sticking by the NRA, including FedEx and Amazon. Reach out to these companies today, and demand they end any partnerships they have with the NRA.
CPAC. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) became even more controversial on Friday, when Ian Walters, the communications director for the American Conservative Union (which hosts CPAC), said, “We elected Mike Steele to be the [Republican National Committee (RNC)] chair because he’s a black guy. That was the wrong thing to do.” Steele, who was the first black chairman of the RNC, hit back, calling the remarks “stupid” and saying that there remained an issue of race within the conservative movement. The troubling events at CPAC continued on Saturday, when a woman panelist was booed for claiming the Republican Party enabled sexual harassers.
We Are All Fast Food Workers Now. Too many American workers—and workers worldwide—toil for wages that don’t even keep them out of poverty. Listen to the latest episode of Off-Kilter to hear from Annelise Orleck, author of a new book that tells the story of the growing global labor movement through workers’ eyes. And later in the show, Trump’s latest attack on immigrant families comes in the form of an income test, as Hidetaka Hirota, author of Expelling the Poor, and Shawn Fremstad, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, explain.
UNDER THE RADAR
Discrimination. Today, the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right of people to be free from discrimination at work based on their sexual orientation. But the majority of states still don’t protect LGBTQ people. The Georgia State Senate is doubling down on discrimination against the LGBTQ community, passing legislation that “would allow child welfare organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, to refuse to place children with same-sex couples based on religious beliefs.” Not only would this law be incredibly harmful to families and communities, but it could harm Georgia’s business outlook, especially regarding Amazon’s decision of where to build its HQ2. If you have ever experienced anti-LGBTQ discrimination in your adoption or foster children, we want to hear from you at WelcomingAllFamilies.org.