Defend DACA Now, Protect all Immigrants Forever
We are devastated, horrified and angry that the Trump administration has decided to continue attacking immigrants, people of color, and queer and trans people by terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has allowed more than 800,000 undocumented young people to access healthcare, work, travel, and live in this country. In this unending torrent of attacks on our people, the decision to end DACA escalates the crisis our communities have been experiencing.
Our communities, led by undocumented young people, fought for and won DACA five years ago. We fought for and won protection for thousands of undocumented people; fought for and won a sense of relief for so many of our family members. To “rescind” this program is to put at risk the dreams and livelihoods of our people.
At APIENC, we are committed to defending DACA. With this, we also know that DACA was not and cannot be the end of our fight. ALL undocumented people, regardless of age or educational attainment, should be protected from the risk of detention and deportation. It is not enough to put forth the narrative of a “good immigrant” while people have already been violently torn from their families, homes, and communities.
If you are in the Bay Area, we hope to see you at 5pm at the SF Federal Building to rally in support of DACA. If you cannot attend, but are looking for ways to support, please give resources to our family at ASPIRE. If you are TGNC and undocumented, the TIDE program by Transgender Law Center has pro-bono lawyers available for support.