Published September 05, 2017 15:28
In response to the president's announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Paulina Gonzalez, executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition released this statement:
"Five years ago, in the tradition of the civil rights movement, undocumented young people dressed in caps and gowns, conducted sit ins in their senators' offices across the country, risking deportation. Why? For the right to stay in the country they love and call home, America. They continued mobilizing and organizing across the country, risking everything, and their courageous actions led to an unprecedented victory in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Although the program did not grant the much deserved legal path to citizenship status to these young people or their parents that they sought, it was a giant step forward that protected young people from deportation. These young people led where many were afraid to venture, and they taught us all an invaluable lesson in courage when faced with adversity.
Today, Donald Trump announced an end to DACA, in an attempt to use people in a cruel game of political football.
But his announcement will not be met with silence.
It will be met with unwavering integrity and courage. "DACAmented youth" are once again leading the charge. HAPPENING NOW: @MovimientoCosecha is taking Trump Tower in NYC to demand permanent protection for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the face of a DACA repeal.
Join an action in California to support DACA in California from San Jose to Los Angeles and everywhere in between.
Find your local action here.
The president’s decision to end DACA flies in the face of our American values of inclusion, supporting each other, and equipping people with the tools and opportunities they need to climb the economic ladder and achieve the American dream. CRC stands with undocumented young people and their families in the face of growing state sponsored hate. More information will be available in the weeks ahead as we prepare to unveil a program of full immigrant financial and economic inclusion, to ensure that we are doing all we can to stand up against the politics of exclusion.
For now, we stand with the DACAmented youth in New York and across the country who teach us that we must do more."