On June 18th the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Had the effort been allowed to move forward, over 650,000 DACA holders would have been at risk of losing their work authorizations and legal status, a particularly worrisome proposition given the administration’s stated intent to deport these individuals if the program were struck down. While the Supreme Court’s decision provided a hard-earned reprieve, the technical grounds on which the administration was thwarted leaves the door open to future attempts to roll back the program—something the President hinted at following the ruling.
In the coming weeks immigrant-serving organizations anticipate providing increased community education and legal support on DACA renewals, while potentially also screening for first-time applicants. At the same time, due to the precarious nature of the court decision, advocates are continuing to build the groundwork for a more permanent fix for not just DACA recipients, but their families and the broader undocumented community totaling nearly 11 million individuals across the country. This work will come at a time that organizations are already stretched thin in responding to COVID-19, and against the backdrop of a increasingly acrimonious election landscape with immigration issues likely featuring prominently.
Join us for a discussion with leaders in the field who will unpack the Supreme Court’s DACA decision and explore how philanthropy can support the immigrant rights movement as it plans for what comes next.
- Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs, GCIR (Moderator)
- Kaki Friskics-Warren, Executive Director, Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund
- Andrea Guerrero, Executive Director, Alliance San Diego
- National Immigration Law Center
- Make the Road New York
- United We Dream
Economic Opportunity Funders
Four Freedoms Fund
Philanthropy New York
Northern California Grantmakers
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Southern California Grantmakers
United Philanthropy Forum