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Immigrant Communities Condemn Termination of DACA

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s decision to phase out the DACA program, nearly 800,000 young people are at increased risk of being detained and deported.

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces the administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, national leading organizations for civil rights and immigrant communities strongly call to action.

 

By Anna Kim

Staff Writer

Kim@Kheraldatl.com

 

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the 5th of September, nearly 800,000 young people are at increased risk of being detained and deported.

DACA, a humane and common-sense policy solution that has a firm legal basis, will be terminated in March 2018, and no new DACA applications will be processed after the announcement day. As for the initial DACA applications that have already been filed, but have not yet been approved, USCIS will continue to process, on a case-by-case basis, initial DACA applications received before Sept. 5th, 2017. For current DACA recipients, benefits and employment authorization remain valid until the date of expiration on the employment authorization card. After that expiration date, they will not be able to renew their benefits.

DHS initiated the orderly wind down of DACA, the political hot potato.

“This Administration’s decision to terminate DACA was not taken lightly. The Department of Justice has carefully evaluated the program’s Constitutionality and determined it conflicts with our existing immigration laws,” said Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, in a press release. “As a result of recent litigation, we were faced with two options: wind the program down in an orderly fashion that protects beneficiaries in the near-term while working with Congress to pass legislation; or allow the judiciary to potentially shut the program down completely and immediately. We chose the least disruptive option.”

National leading organizations for civil rights have been bashing the Trump Administration for this decision, because this rescission would affect close to 800,000 young people, nearly 37,000 recipients in Georgia, bringing about many to lose jobs, drop out of school, face the prospects of deportation, and have other destabilizing effects on themselves and their families.

According to the AAAJ-Atlanta’s press release, among the DACA recipients affected by today’s action are many Asian immigrants. Between 2012 and 2017, over 16,000 young Asian immigrants received protection under DACA and, of the Asian immigrants who are undocumented, over 120,000 were eligible for DACA.

AAAJ-Atlanta points out the very important risk that the DACA rescission will bring about.

AAAJ-Atlanta states in a press release, “Pushing these young people back underground will create economic turmoil for our nation. It also directly contradicts the desire of the majority of Americans, as 8 out of 10 voters want a more permanent solution for these young immigrants.”

Effectively, the Trump Administration has given Congress a 6-month window in which to work towards a more permanent legislative solution.

Immigrant organizations also call on Congress to lead by passing the DREAM Act immediately. They claim it is incumbent upon Senators and Representatives to enact a permanent legislative solution that would once and for all protect the DACA recipients and place them on a pathway to citizenship.

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium(NAKASEC) leads the charge of the action.

“Government must ensure there is no gap in protection for these young people and Congress must move immediately to pass a clean, stand alone DREAM Act that does not harm other immigrants. It is time to come together and fight for and protect all of our communities. We call on everyone who values decency and humanity to act,” stated NAKASEC in a press release.

 

Donation Website: bit.ly/donatedeportationdefense

Email: protect@advancingjustice-atlanta.org

 

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National leading organizations for civil rights have been bashing the Trump Administration for this decision.

 

Immigrant Communities Condemn Termination of DACA - K-Herald - 애틀랜타 조선일보 : 6e012f2da66477bfaeb16dd36464b70c.jpg

AAAJ-Atlanta points out the very important risk that the DACA rescission will bring about.

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