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From the Director: Press Release on DACA

5 September 2017 No Comment
Photo by Monica Kaneko.

Photo by Monica Kaneko.

by Bill Chandler

September 5, 2017

Today, the Trump administration announced that they would rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that has provided temporary deportation relief to almost 800,000 people who came to the U.S. as children.  The Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance (MIRA) an organization that has worked for immigrant and refugee rights for nearly two decades, condemns the action.

The decision to rescind DACA is an inhumane attack on young people, their families and our communities. This decision puts thousands of young people at risk of deportation, and a six month delay does nothing to mitigate that.  We support DACA because we strongly believe that no one should be deported. Only the most criminally dangerous should be deported.

Since the DACA program was announced by executive order  in 2012, MIRA has been involved  in helping people apply for the program, providing “know your rights” information, advocating for DACA expansion, (which was effectively blocked by the Supreme Court in 2016), and mobilizing constituents to contact their congresspersons in support of the program.

DACA has created opportunities for young immigrants to work, pursue educational opportunities, and support themselves and their families. In the absence of just and humane immigration policies, the program provided some necessary relief for thousands of people.  These protections should be expanded, not rescinded.

Many DACA recipients have spoken out about how DACA has impacted them and why future programs or legislation need to be expanded.  “As an undocumented student I was able to benefit from DACA.  This enabled me to continue my education, get a job to support my family, and to pursue my goal to go to law school to become an immigration lawyer,” said Daniela Gonzalez a MIRA Member.  DACA is very important to me, but I am just part of a tiny minority of millions of people living in this country who need a path to legal residency and citizenship. We need solutions that include everyone.”

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