Trump’s Decision to End DACA Is Morally Bankrupt
Republican Congressional Leadership Must Step Up, Provide Lasting Solution
September 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), condemns President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), as announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. DACA is a successful policy that has brought immigration relief to about 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. In addition to deferring deportation, DACA has enabled these young people—who are required to pass a background check and pay a $495 fee—to obtain jobs, pursue higher education and otherwise contribute to the nation. Ending DACA threatens recipients with deportation from the only country many of them have ever known.
“President Trump has again chosen to appease the bigots in his base rather than do what is in the best interest of the country. This has never been so clear than in today’s decision to end DACA. This action is not just short-sighted, it’s unspeakably cruel and gratuitous. For no plausible purpose or rationale that makes sense to anyone other than the most anti-immigrant extremists in our midst, he is saying ‘no thanks’ to young people who contribute to our country every single day. This is a travesty for our community and for our country,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.
Three out of four registered voters support DACA, including a majority of Republicans, according to recent poll data from FWD.us. And in Congress, there are proposals—from both sides of the aisle—to expand the program.
“Republican congressional leadership must act now to enact relief for these young people who have done what America has asked of them. Congress has the power to fix this, and there’s bipartisan legislation ready to get it done. It’s time to translate injustice into action,” Murguía added.
UC President Napolitano Denounces Decision to end DACA Program
UC Office of the President
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s decision to effectively end the DACA program and uproot the lives of an estimated 800,000 Dreamers across the nation. This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California.
“I call upon the U.S. Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for these young people — one that charts a secure pathway toward citizenship and allows these Dreamers to continue to live, work and serve the only country most of them know as home. These youth need our protection and encouragement, and it is incumbent upon Congress to approve legislation that removes the uncertainty caused by President Trump’s misguided decision.
“The University and the state of California stand together in our belief that students should be admitted to UC and other institutions of higher education based on their records of achievement and without regard to their immigration status. President Trump’s decision undermines the ability of affected students to support themselves while at UC or other universities. In light of today’s decision, I am immediately directing my advisory committee on undocumented students to determine how best to support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond. In the meantime, UC will continue to offer services to our undocumented students, including:
•Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
•Maintaining the DREAM loan program for financial aid;
•Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
•Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
•Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.
“The University of California will continue to stand with Dreamers and their supporters as we fight to keep the program alive.”
NAACP Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to Revoke
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
September 5, 2017
BALTIMORE -The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), America’s premier civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to revoke an Obama Administration-era executive action designed to prevent young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and to keep families intact.
“Today, President Trump made one of the cruelest and most racially-motivated decisions in modern American history: Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as the DACA program. The NAACP strongly condemns Donald Trump’s latest decision to disregard the hundreds of thousands of DREAMers and families, while he continues to embrace a white nationalist agenda,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP interim president and CEO.
“Trump’s words, actions and policies send a message to the world that the White House and the current administration have abdicated any moral authority associated with the United States in favor of policies designed to promote white supremacy, shrink our democracy and divide our nation. It’s simply un-American. At a time when Houston is still under water, where a DREAMer died trying to save flood victims, and California is on fire, the President decides to focus on unrelated policies and threaten the livelihoods of innocent children. Now, Congress has to deal with two national tragedies: The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and this one created by the President.
“The Trump administration appears hell bent on being the most destructive Presidential administration in the history of this nation. Policy after policy seems to be crafted with the intent of doing the most harm possible. The decision to destroy DACA is the latest move by this administration to hurt as many families as possible and to disrupt the lives of hard working people in the United States as quickly as possible, without any thought to consequences on individuals or the economic impact on the nation as a whole. This move is as egregious as the effort to eliminate access to affordable health care for millions of people without regard to the same considerations.
“The NAACP remains steadfast in our resolve to eliminate the impact of white supremacy from every aspect of public life in this nation. The NAACP has an obligation to organize the resistance to this administration’s efforts to take our nation back to an uglier time in our history, and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.”
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