Statement on Termination of DACA

Story Date: 
Sep 5, 2017

The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” who came to this country as children and know the United States as their only home.  The following is a statement from Emilio De Torre, ACLU Director of Community Engagement reacting to the White House announcement rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

 “There is no humane way to end DACA before having a legislative fix in place. Today’s decision to end the program is in response to a fake deadline and as part of a manufactured crisis.  Five years ago, the federal government made a deal with immigrant youth: As long as you pass a criminal background check you can live, study, and work here. Hundreds of thousands of young people came out of the shadows and accepted the government’s offer in good faith and worked hard to build their lives here.

 “Today, the government and President Trump went back on their word, threw the lives and futures of 800,000 Dreamers and their families into disarray, and injected chaos and uncertainty into thousands of workplaces and communities across America.

 “In Wisconsin alone, 7,565 of our neighbors used their DACA status to give back to our country in innumerable ways: they are our doctors, soldiers, and students. Our neighbors, family, and friends.

 “Now, the fate of 800,000 young adults, who call this country their home, lies in the hands of Congress. Lawmakers must decide if they are on the side of Dreamers and our country’s foundation or on the side of the ugly forces that helped to end DACA. These 800,000 lives are not pawns and Congress must step up and deliver a clean and bipartisan solution, such as the Dream Act.

 “While this is a hard day for the immigrant community and America as a whole, we will continue to fight. Years of courage, sacrifices, and organizing won the DACA program in 2012. Nothing will deter these Americans and our allies in Wisconsin and across the country from continuing to fight on behalf of their futures and holding those responsible accountable.”

 

En Español:

"No hay manera humana de terminar DACA antes de tener una solución legislativa en su lugar. La decisión de hoy de terminar el programa es en respuesta a un fin de plazo falso y parte de una crisis fabricada. Cinco años atrás, el gobierno federal hizo un trato con jóvenes inmigrantes: con que pases una verificación de antecedentes criminales, puedes vivir, estudiar, y trabajar aquí. Cientos de miles de gente joven que antes se escondían aceptaron la oferta en buena fe y trabajaron duro para crear sus vidas aquí.

Hoy, el gobierno y el Presidente Trump anularon su promesa, arrojaron en desorden las vidas de 800,000 Dreamers y sus familias, e introdujeron caos e incertidumbre a miles de comunidades y lugares de trabajo en los Estados Unidos.

Simplemente aquí en Wisconsin, 7,565 de nuestros vecinos usaron su estatus de DACA para dar a sus comunidades en innumerables formas: son nuestros doctores, soldados, y estudiantes. Nuestros vecinos, familia, y amigos.

Ahora el destino de 800,000 jóvenes que llaman a los Estados Unidos su hogar permanece en las manos del Congreso. Legisladores tienen que decidir si están del lado de los Dreamers y del fundamento nuestro país, o si están del lado de las fuerzas crueles que acabaron con DACA. Estas 800,000 vidas no son peones, y el Congreso debe crear una buena solución que reemplazara justamente el Dream Act.

Aunque este es un día difícil para la comunidad inmigrante y para el resto de los Estados Unidos, continuaremos a luchar. Años de valor, sacrificios, y organización nos dieron la victoria cuando se creó DACA en el 2012. Nada desalentara la lucha de nuestros aliados en Wisconsin y en el resto del país a nombre de los futuros de nuestros jóvenes, y seguiremos manteniendo nuestros legisladores responsables."

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