[Washington]- Today, the Trump administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows young immigrants brought into the United States as children to live lawfully in the country, enabling them to pursue higher education, work, and serve in the military. Under DACA, eligible individuals receive two-year renewable deportation deferrals that allow them to build their lives in the U.S. and contribute to their communities and the economy. Nearly 800,000 young people, many of whom have never returned to the country of their birth, and who may have no connection to their previous home, will be affected by the elimination of DACA.
Jen Mishory, Executive Director for Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:
“The President once told DACA recipients to ‘rest easy,’ and said that DACA recipients will be treated ‘with heart.’ Yet today he shows no heart by cruelly deciding to bring the dreams of so many young people to a screeching halt. Over 70 percent of Americans support DACA, because it gives young immigrants, many of whom have never known another home, the opportunity to build their lives and contribute to the culture and economy of our country. More than one in seven Millennials was born outside of the United States, making immigrants part of the fabric and strength of our generation. Eliminating DACA will result in unfinished college degrees, undeveloped start-ups and inventions, undiscovered scientific and medical advances, broken families, and crushed dreams. Ending DACA is an affront to our generation: we are appalled by the President’s cruel decision and call on Congress to act immediately. The nearly 800,000 young immigrants here under the DACA program won’t be pushed back into the shadows or out of the nation they call home.”