Today the Trump administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. This program was launched in 2012 during the Obama administration to offer immigrants who came as children protection from deportation.
There are almost 800,000 "Dreamers" currently enrolled in the program and today, President Trump turned their lives into ticking time bombs. The luckiest will have the chance to apply for one more renewal, allowing them to stay through 2020. The least lucky will be subject to deportation in March...if not earlier.
We must also consider the economic impact of this program.
- 91% are employed.
- Ending DACA would reduce US GDP by $433 billion over the next 10 years.
- The fallout would be felt unevenly with California, Texas and Illinois set to lose the most annually.
- 75% have a spouse or partner who is an American citizen.
- 21% have a child who is US born.
- 12% bought their first home.
This is unacceptable. As President Obama said today, Trump's decision to dismantle DACA “contrary to our spirit, and to common sense,” He furthered that point saying, “this is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated.”
Here are things you can do right now to defend DACA and support Dreamers:
- Reach out to your member of Congress and tell them to support a legislative fix for DACA. You can look up your members here.
- Find an event in your community to show your support for DACA. You can find events in your area here.
- Know someone who needs immigration assistance? Take a look at our Immigration FAQ's, which you can find here.
- We're launching our own campaign to pressure congress with local events spearheaded by our field organizers on the ground! This will be one of our largest undertakings and we need all of the support we can get. Consider contributing to help us defend DACA here.
This will be an incredibly difficult time ahead for our country. But we will win by standing together.