Jesus Alberto Lopez Gutierrez was expecting an adjudication of his DACA to stop his deportation but ICE made it clear they are moving on deporting DACA-eligible individuals
Chicago, IL - This morning the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to keep DACA in place, rescinding the desires of the Trump administration to end DACA. In response to this announcement, Organized Communities Against Deportations, an undocumented-led organization fighting against the criminalization of immigrant and Black and brown communities, issued the following statement:
Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court brings relief to DACA recipients, their families, and communities. Knowing that DACA will remain in place is great news and we believe it is important to recognize that this decision was based on the fact that the administration's claims to end the program were too weak to rescind DACA and the reality of the overwhelming public support and movement work that has happened over the years to ensure DACA stays in place.
For DACA recipients this is a great victory and for many of us this is a reminder that the work continues and we are winning some battles. Unfortunately we have also lost DACA recipients to the reckless deportation machine. Jesus Alberto Lopez, also known as Beto, has a pending DACA application and despite his petition to USCIS, ICE moved quickly to deport him last week. Like Beto, other DACA beneficiaries have been deported from the country in the past despite their eligibility for the program. These actions remind us we must continue working to hold the Department of Homeland Security and its sub-agencies (ICE, USCIS and CBP) accountable for targeting DACA recipients and all other non-citizens at risk of deportation.
For us at OCAD this moment is a reminder that the struggle for dignity and justice is far from over. We continue to honor the fight of undocumented youth and their success in pushing the Obama administration to make DACA a reality in 2012 through their fearless organizing and the ongoing lead of the new generation of undocumented youth that are pushing us to take bolder steps toward abolishing ICE, CBP, and the Police. We will continue to push for meaningful changes that permanently protect ALL of the undocumented community, not just the “good immigrants.” We know that radical and meaningful change will come from the most marginalized communities and we follow the leadership of the Black Liberation Movement. We know that together we will create a more just world that centers the liberation of all our communities.
As an undocumented-led collective in the city of Chicago, we will take a moment to breathe and cherish this moment as we prepare to continue the ongoing radical grassroots organizing happening throughout the city. Trump is on his way out of office. However, we know that the same racist and inhumane structures of this capitalist empire are still up and running.
Este taller de criminalización es un recurso preparado por Comunidades Organizadas contra las Deportaciones (OCAD) y el Centro para la Nueva Comunidad (CNC). La clave para luchar contra el sentimiento anti-inmigrante es comprender que no se trata de delincuencia, sino de la criminalización.
We advocate for the elimination of the use of detention centers and deportations, surveillance mechanisms, and “reforms” that exclude the most criminalized amongst us. One way we are doing this is by advocating for the elimination of the City of Chicago’s gang database.
Genoveva’s case is one of OCAD’s first victories. OCAD supported her in filing a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (something that takes a lot of courage). As a result, Genoveva got her U visa approved, is with her family and continues to fight for others.
Wilmer Catalan had been residing in the US for over 10 years and, in March of 2017, ICE agents unlawfully entered his home without a criminal warrant or consent. ICE had conducted a raid based on false information obtained from the Chicago Police Department indicating Wilmer belonged to a street gang.