Texas DACA Ruling Harms Children’s Health

Texas DACA Ruling Harms Children’s Health

Important note: DACA renewals are still being accepted as of the publish date of this post (9/15/23). According to United We Dream, the Department of Homeland Security will continue to process DACA renewals and Advance Parole applications. DACA recipients are encouraged to continue to renew and apply for Advance Parole. The best practice is to consult with a legal services provider beforehand.

September 15, 2023 – This week, a federal judge in Texas ruled against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and placed its future in limbo, again. The DACA program has allowed hundreds of thousands of children of immigrants to gain stability, lower their levels of toxic stress, build a future, and achieve higher levels of education. This leads to long-term positive outcomes for DACA recipients, their children and their communities. 

DACA recipients are taxpayers; youth leaders; parents who provide for the health and well-being of their children; teachers who educate our future generation; health care professionals who deliver our babies and tend to our sick; and community members who are knit into the fabric of our lives. 

There are over half a million DACA recipients in the US, 20% of whom live in California. At The Children’s Partnership, our work is more powerful and effective because of DACA recipients among our staff and in our families. We applaud California as one of the states pushing to safeguard DACA and create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. 

The Children’s Partnership condemns the Texas DACA ruling as inhumane and harmful to children’s health and well-being. Our goal, alongside our partners, is to create pathways to citizenship and protect the future of all who call this country home. 

Take action: 

United We Dream has created actions and a toolkit to help us get Congress to ACT NOW.

For now renewals are still being accepted, but we must urge Congress to deliver a pathway to citizenship soon!