Washington D.C. – Yesterday, reports that the Trump Administration is seriously considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program began to form, days ahead of the September 5th deadline given to the administration by 10 state attorneys general, urging the administration to rescind the program or face a lawsuit. Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS President and CEO issued the following statement in response to these reports:
“The CWS network is outraged that the Trump administration would even consider terminating DACA and ruining the lives of 800,000 young people. Since its inception, DACA has allowed young people to pursue their dreams. They are working, going to school, living their lives, and contributing to America. This is their home. Taking DACA away from them would be immoral and wrong. It is critical that the administration not only keep DACA in place but defend it, should the threats made by the attorney generals come to fruition. CWS has stood alongside young people as they fought for and won DACA, and we will continue to stand by them as we fight to protect their victory. We pray that President Trump finds compassion and decides to do the right thing–the futures of hundreds of young people are in his hands.”
The consequences of ending this program would be felt for years to come, not only in our communities–as DACA recipients are part of the fabric of our society–but also in our economy. We would be losing $460.3 billion in GDP over the course of 10 years and the removal of 685,000 workers from the workforce. The vast majority of the American public support DACA, including many outspoken champions on both sides of the aisle.
CWS has and will continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, having advocated for the Dream Act, written letters and filed Amicus briefs in support of the DACA program, and called on elected leaders to champion policies that would create a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals in the United States.
See our action alert to tell the White House and Congress that you oppose terminating DACA.