FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2017
Natalia Jaramillo, 786.317.3524
Washington, D.C. - In the latest cruel attack on immigrant communities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today the decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since its inception in 2012, DACA has allowed close to 1 million young people to support their families and contribute their talents to the country. The decision to end DACA is Trump's latest nod to the hateful racist agenda on which he campaigned.
“This is devastating news for my family. My oldest daughter has been living here since she was 5 years old and thanks to DACA she is currently studying and working to be a teacher, while raising her own children. Without DACA, she will not be able to fulfill her dreams of becoming an educator, and many like her will be at risk of deportation again,” says Jeanette Vizguerra, undocumented activist from Denver, Colorado, and one of TIME’s Most Influential People.
“Today, I will join young immigrants and other mothers like me in a national fast to tell the President and the country that I am ready to do whatever it takes to protect my children and my community. I will not stay silent while racist politicians take away my daughter’s future or try to use her as a bargaining chip to separate our family,” concluded Vizguerra.
After telling young immigrants they could “rest easy”, Trump caved into pressure from conservative Governors and Attorneys General, led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who is leading the nation in unconstitutional attacks on communities of color with anti-immigrant law SB4. Currently, major portions of SB4 have been blocked by a federal judge.
“What else can we expect from Trump? Last month he aligned himself with white supremacists in Charlottesville, and then again in Arizona when he pardoned Joe Arpaio, who used his powerful law enforcement position to carry out a racist and inhumane agenda. Today, he is throwing the lives of 800,000 young people and their families into chaos to appease a nativist base. This Administration caves to extremists rather than the majority of the public who support DACA. Immigrant women and mothers will not stand for this,” says Sameera Hafiz, Advocacy Director for We Belong Together.
Hafiz continued, “Immigrant women and mothers have been leading the fight to protect their families. They have bravely shared their stories, marched in the streets, took arrest and put their bodies on the line in countless ways to ensure their children would have better futures, and that women everywhere could raise their families, work and contribute in a safe, just and fair society. We will be standing side by side with DACAmented young people and we will not stop until we win.”