Today, the Trump Administration set an arbitrary deadline to disenfranchise more than 800,000 young people, declaring the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. The decision to target some of America’s most talented, diverse, and successful immigrants is morally reprehensible. Immigration Equality will do everything we can to support and uplift this remarkable part of our community. We are with you!
In addition to recognizing the simple fact that America is the only country many DACA recipients have ever known, DACA allowed young immigrants the opportunity to thrive. And, as is always the case, when immigrants succeed so does all of America. Even if DACA ends, we know that you will continue to help secure a better future for everyone! You are strong, you are resilient, and you will overcome this setback.
Many of you have contacted Immigration Equality to ask “what do I do now?” If you are a DACA recipient, you may wish to read our frequently asked questions. In addition, we know that some of you may be eligible for other immigration benefits. Over the course of the next six months, Immigration Equality will be conducting free legal consultations for LGBTQ or HIV-positive DACA recipients who wish to explore other options.
For those of you who do not have other options, there is still hope. Later this month, Immigration Equality Action Fund, the Hispanic Federation, LULAC, and dozens of coalition partners will descend on Congress to demand that they pass the DREAM Act, a bipartisan bill that would provide DACA recipients and other similarly situated young people a pathway to citizenship. We need the DREAM Act now!
For those who want to support young immigrants right now, call your Senators today and tell them you support the DREAM Act.
Every day we must fight for the liberty of the people. Every single day.