FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2017
Washington D.C. – Today, the Trump administration has decided to be on the wrong side of history by terminating the successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This announcement immediately impacts nearly 800,000 young people, whose futures are now uncertain. No DACA applications filed after today will be considered, and current DACA recipients will see their protection expire starting in March 2018. The consequences of ending this program are devastating, profound, and will be felt for years to come in our communities and our economy. CWS calls on Congress to do everything in its power to protect DREAMers and provide them a pathway to citizenship through the immediate and clean passage of S.1615/H.R.3440, The Dream Act of 2017.
“Terminating DACA places the futures of nearly 800,000 DREAMers at risk. The fact that the administration would choose to terminate this program, when young people willingly came forward and provided their information for a chance to contribute to this country, is shameful and unacceptable,” said Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS President and CEO. “Our faith calls on us to welcome our immigrant brothers and sisters, and with this decision, the administration has turned its back on the best of who we are as a country. As people of faith, we will not stand for this. We will do whatever is necessary to stand in full solidarity with DREAMers and protect them from the harm of deportation. I implore Congress to enact The Dream Act of 2017, and I call on all congregations to work side by side DREAMers, who are as much the future of this country as their peers born here, to realize the welcome God commands us to fulfill.”
CWS and faith communities across traditions have repeatedly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to immigrant youth and their families, writing letters and filing Amicus briefs in support of the DACA program, advocating for passage of the bipartisan DREAM Act and legislation to create a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals, and calling on all elected leaders to champion policies that would not use them as a bargaining chip to target the broader immigrant community.
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more and join our global homebase for refugee and immigrant solidarity at GreaterAs1.org.