CLS Denounces Trump Administration Decision to Rescind DACA

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning that the Trump Administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with a six-month delay.

The following is a statement by Diana Garcia, staff attorney at Columbia Legal Services:

“The decision to end the DACA program harms those young individuals that have grown up in the United States, have attended United States schools and have few to no ties to their country of birth. Ending DACA puts these young people at unnecessary and unfair risk.

“At Columbia Legal Services, we work to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty and injustice. The current U.S. immigration system perpetuates both. It blocks young people raised in the U.S. from accessing higher education and from working to support themselves and their families. It denies young people a voice in their government by denying them citizenship and the right to vote.

“DACA was a limited effort to address some of these injustices. While not granting legal status, it gave people the opportunity to work legally in the country. DACA responded to the unfairness of the U.S. immigration system, which is structured to punish children who’ve spent more of their lives in the U.S. than in the country of their birth.

"Congress should act immediately to protect DACA recipients from deportation, and the Washington State congressional delegation should lead the way."

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For a local story of how one Dreamer found a bright future in Washington State, please read:

Marena Guzman: "Immigration bills would allow me to fulfill dream," The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/aug/13/marena-guzman-immigration-bills-would-allow-me-to-/