Friday, April 21, 2017

An immigration policy with heart?

The administration's statement this week has caused uncertainty for DREAMers with DACA status.
Organizing for Action
Diane --

When this administration took office, they said they would approach their immigration policy with "a lot of heart." Well, something happened this week that puts that claim to the test. Let me explain:

Over the past several years, OFA supporters, President Obama, and many in Congress have fought to make our nation's broken immigration system more fair. We fought especially hard for a group of undocumented immigrants known as "DREAMers" -- young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own.

DREAMers are Americans in every way except on paper. That's exactly why President Obama instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided eligible individuals who represent no national security or public safety risk the opportunity to apply for protected status to stay in America.

Now, pivoting back to the current situation: In January, the new administration insisted that DREAMers "shouldn't be very worried" about losing their protected status. But then, this week, they released a statement that said that the temporary relief from deportation DREAMers received through the DACA program "may be revoked at any time."

Since DACA was implemented, more than 750,000 young people have earned this protected status -- it allowed them to pursue college degrees, serve in the military, and hold jobs without the constant threat of being deported. But the administration's stance strips them of that peace of mind.

This is not who we are. We pull strength from our diversity and take pride in our compassion -- add your name with OFA and say you'll stand up for those core values:

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Thank you,


Yolanda Magallanes
Development Director
Organizing for Action

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