By Jessica Sanchez and Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporters
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Last week, on October 8th, the City of Miami Beach announced their signing of an amicus brief in support of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants (Dreamers). The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and Dreamers will be argued at the U.S Supreme Court on November 12, 2019.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a statement, “Our nation was built on the dreams of immigrants. We cannot allow the tapestry of our country to be frayed by xenophobic hate.”
Certain undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S as children were granted a renewable two–year term of deferred action from deportation if they have no criminal record and satisfy educational or military service requirements after the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implemented the DACA program in 2012.
In 2017 the Trump Administration, through then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke, announced that it would be begin declining, and eventually rescind, DACA because of its believe that the program was unlawful and that it had been created “without proper statutory authority”.
In September 2017, President Trump said it was “in the best interests of our country” to “begin an orderly transition and wind-down of DACA, one that provides minimum disruption. […] I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.”
In June 2019 the Supreme Court said it will review next term President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, setting up a potential decision in the heart of the 2020 presidential election.
On June 2nd, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution expressing its support for President Obama’s executive action on immigration through DAPA and the expanded DACA.
In the resolution, the County Commission “urges Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to withdraw the State of Florida from Texas vs. United States” the lawsuit that is temporarily blocking both immigration relief programs.
The resolution was sponsored by Commission Chairman Jean Monestime and co-sponsored by Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava and Sally Heyman.
“Our County has benefitted culturally and economically from hardworking immigrant families including many of our own families, and we want to honor that,” Chairman Monestime said.
Adding, “We must not turn our backs on the long-standing members of our community whose children were born here.”
According to the 2010 Census, the City of Miami Beach has 87,779 residents, and those of Hispanic or Latino ancestry accounted for 53 percent of the population.
Out of the 53 percent, Cubans make up twenty percent, then some of the larger groups are 4.9 percent Colombian, 4.6 percent Argentinean and 3.7 percent Puerto Rican.