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Young Invincibles Statement on DHS’s Review of DACA

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a memorandum about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This memorandum from Acting Secretary Wolf urges Congress to fully rescind the program. Just weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump Administration’s previous attempt to terminate DACA. DHS outlines the immediate changes they are making to the program, including rejecting applications associated with Employment Authorization Documents, shortening DACA renewals, and curtailing advance parole.

In response, Rachel Fleischer, Executive Director at Young Invincibles, issued the following statement:

“Just last month, the Supreme Court decided to fully restore DACA, protecting millions of young immigrant families. With this new misguided effort, the Administration continues its attempt to chip away at DACA until it is dismantled.

This new memo threatens legal protections for hundreds of thousands of DACA-eligible undocumented young people nationwide. This is wrong, cruel, and an assault on thousands of young people who will be yet again tossed into limbo. It also comes at a time when tactics under DHS auspices in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere have shown the brutality immigrant communities have known for years.

At Young Invincibles, we recognize the need to support all young people who help make our country strong and who will build its future. We will continue to stand and fight alongside our partners and allies for the 650,000 DACA recipients who call America home. Your presence in this country makes it a better place.

As states challenge this White House in the courts, we urge the Senate to bring H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act to the floor for a vote.”