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07/20/2021 | Protecting Immigrant Communities

Center for Popular Democracy Action’s Statement on the Texas Federal Judge’s DACA Decision

Statement issued by Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action

Monday, July 19, 2021


On Friday, a federal judge in Texas ruled against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, preventing the approval of initial applications while maintaining current DACA recipients’ ability to renew their protections.  

In response, Ana Maria Archila, Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, issued the following statement:

“This decision should be more than the final straw that compels Democrats in Congress to secure a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and immigrant youth, TPS holders, and essential workers including farmworkers through reconciliation.

The creation of DACA by the Obama-Biden administration and its survival through the Trump administration is a testament of the power immigrant youth have built.  However, DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants continue to live in uncertainty and precarity, not knowing when their lives could be upended.  The time is now for Democrats in Congress to end this limbo and provide the certainty and stability immigrants need to thrive.”


The Center for Popular Democracy is a national network of more than 50 community organizations dedicated to achieving racial and economic justice through local grassroots organizing. CPD trains and supports leadership, staff, and members to grow base-building organizations to scale and leverage that strength to win cutting-edge policy victories at the federal, state and local level.