The stakes for undocumented people will be high on November 12 when the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments to determine if Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was lawful.
The Obama-era program, which was rescinded in 2017 under the Trump administration, has provided temporary protection from deportation in addition to eligibility for work permits to over 800,000 undocumented people. On November 12, Donald Trump hopes to solidify his 2017 decision to halt the program.
While it is unknown how many LGBTQ+ people benefit from DACA, according to the Williams Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law, an estimated 75,000 of the 1.7 million people eligible for DACA in 2017 identified as LGBTQ+. Of those, 36,000 received DACA status, the vast majority of which reside in California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida.
Lawyer and transgender rights activist Chase Strangio took to Twitter to remind people to #RiseUp for November 12.
“Were you following the LGBTQ Title VII cases? Now we must show up to defend our community and allies again before a Court that will consider questions implicating the survival chances of so many people. #RiseUp again to defend DACA at SCOTUS on November 12,” he wrote.
According to a recent study by the Center for American Progress, LGBTQ+ recipients of DACA live in constant fear of deportation and detention under the Trump administration and need the protections provided by DACA.
The survey found that 80 percent reported concern for their physical safety and families if they faced deportation while 72 percent faced concerns about the quality of healthcare. Roughly half worry about food insecurity and homelessness.
Earlier this month Harvard and 18 other colleges and universities jointly filed an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of DACA.
The brief argues that DACA has allowed for more than 100,000 undocumented students to pursue postsecondary degrees and rescinding the program would harm “the thousands of remarkable young people who are already DACA recipients and millions more who would seek to take advantage of the opportunities that DACA provides.”