Like so many others, we have been deeply dismayed by the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We are a nation of immigrants, and we believe, fiercely, that our country’s strength is rooted in its diversity, its spirit of ingenuity, and its promise of equal opportunity for all.
The 800,000 young people currently covered by DACA are part of the American family, even if their own parents immigrated from another nation. Like all of our kids, they deserve the opportunity to live, learn and achieve their dreams. They deserve laws and policies that protect them, communities that embrace them, and schools and institutions that help them on their path. Instead, they find themselves shadowed with uncertainty and fear.
Every day, we work on behalf of families of all backgrounds to help them build better lives for themselves and their children. We witness, every day, how decisions like this dampen their hopes and impede their progress. At the federal level, we urge Congress to take action now to enact common-sense immigration reform policies that put these DREAMers on the expressway to citizenship. Closer to home, we encourage schools, government officials, business leaders, and communities to send a clear message to those who suddenly are more vulnerable: You are welcome here.
There are many things we can do as parents, teachers, employers, and neighbors, to send this message and support our young adults. Below, we’ve compiled a few resources that may be useful.
Resources on DACA
5 Questions about DACA, Answered: A helpful primer from NPR.
Top 5 Things to Know about DACA Ending: Guidance for DACA youth from the National Immigration Law Center
DREAMer’s Roadmap App: An app designed to help DACA students tap into scholarship opportunities
If You’re Outraged By Trump’s DACA Decision, Here’s How You Can Help Recipients Like Me: Simple ways to express concerns and take action.
What the DACA Phaseout Means for Workers and Employers: The Los Angeles Times reports on the implications and next steps for businesses.