Area political voices were quick to respond to the US Supreme Court’s Thursday morning decision about DACA.
That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy impacting Dreamer immigrants that President Trump had sought to bring to an end.
Notre Dame’s President The Reverend John Jenkins said the Court “ruled on technical grounds what we applaud on moral ones.” He said the Court “invalidated the heartless cancellation of the DACA program, which needlessly put at rish thousands who entered the U.S. as minors and knew America as their only home.” Jenkins said the University supports those Dreamers in their struggles to stay in and contribute to the United States.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said the ruling made clear what we already knew: Dreamers belong here.
The Supreme Court’s ruling made clear what we already knew — Dreamers belong here. I applaud the Court’s decision, which impacts 5,350 young immigrants, their families, and our communities in Michigan. #HomeIsHere https://t.co/hwfFe3uwsT
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) June 18, 2020
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said those Dreamers are “as American as anyone” and contribute to communities across the country. He also called for real and permanent immigration policy reform.
The Dreamers recognized by today’s #SCOTUS decision are as American as anyone, contributing to communities across the country. The preservation of #DACA is good news not only for them but for all of America.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) June 18, 2020
Indiana State Senator David Niezgodski of South Bend praised the ruling as a positive step to recognizing that immigrants have always had a place in this country. He called it “gigantic news not only for our country, but especially for our community right here in St. Joseph County.”
And Republican Congressman Fred Upton said the decision provides clarity and was the right thing to do. Upton also called for Congress to participate in robust debate and bipartisan discussions on better solutions that will reform immigration and secure our borders.
Today’s Supreme Court decision provides much-needed certainty for those living in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It is the right thing to do – period. These young men and women…
— Fred Upton #WearYourMask (@RepFredUpton) June 18, 2020