This week the president is expected to make an announcement on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has affected the lives of almost 1 million undocumented youth since it went into effect in 2012. ACCESS’ Campaign to TAKE ON HATE calls on its members to defend DACA and stand in solidarity with our undocumented community in the United States who depend on this vital program for their livelihood.
As our broken immigration system continues to become more hostile towards undocumented individuals through increased deportations and decreased pathways to legalization and citizenship; we believe that we must stand with the 80,000 youth who rely on DACA to protect them from deportation. This program allows them a means to thrive socially and economically despite their immigration status. If DACA is repealed these 800,000 Dreamers would lose their work permits and driver’s licenses. They would also be put back at risk of deportation, this would break families apart and fragment the lives of young people who have lived in the United States most of their lives, displacing from their homes. During a time when legal and political battles disregard the voices and experiences of our marginalized communities, TAKE ON HATE stands to empower and advocate for the dreams and rights of our communities. We urge our members and supporters to call your local Congressional representatives and urge them to protect and defend DACA. Together we will continue to TAKE ON HATE and protect the rights of every community.
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