Watch Senator Rosen’s full remarks here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) joined a webinar with members of the UndocuCouncil from the Nevada Immigrant Coalition to provide an update on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“On June 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the Trump Administration’s attempts to end DACA, and with this decision, the Court took a significant step toward validating the right of Dreamers to continue to live, work, learn, and contribute to their communities right here in the United States, their home,” said Senator Rosen. “While I was pleased to see the Court conclude that the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate DACA was arbitrary and capricious, I will not stop fighting until we pass legislation that offers a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. To all of Nevada’s Dreamers and undocumented youth, we are here for you. Please reach out to my office for any questions or assistance you may need.”
BACKGROUND: On June 19th, following the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Senator Rosen sent a letter to President Trump urging him to change course and use his executive authority to protect immigrants who are eligible for the DACA program.
Also on June 22nd, Senator Rosen sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling on him to immediately take up the bipartisan House-passed American Dream and Promise Act, which will establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED).
In both letters, Rosen and her colleagues noted that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 200,000 DACA recipients are working in occupational areas that the Trump Administration’s U.S. Department of Homeland Security identifies as part of the “essential critical infrastructure workforce.” This includes an estimated 41,700 DACA recipients working in the health care industry, including physicians and physicians in training, intensive care nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nursing assistants, and health technicians.
Nevada is home to more than 13,000 Dreamers.