Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
(408) 501-7555 Work Phone
We are extremely disappointed, and strongly oppose, President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as announced today by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The DACA program was instituted through an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012 and has brought immigration relief to approximately 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. In addition to deferring deportation, DACA has enabled these young people—who are required to pass a background check and pay a $495 fee—to obtain jobs, pursue higher education, and otherwise contribute to the nation.
Ending DACA threatens recipients with deportation from the only country many of them have ever known as home. This is where they’ve grown up, received their education, and laid the groundwork for remarkable lives that not only serve to better our society, but fulfill the promises upon which our country was founded. The suspension of this program is cruel and disruptive. This is a nation of immigrants and every Dreamer deserves a fair chance to fulfil their American Dream.
Nationally, under the new Administration since January 2017, domestic violence advocates have reported significant decreases in the willingness of immigrant survivors of domestic violence to come forward for help, and are increasingly hesitant to seek out the legal protections that are lawfully available to them. This includes filings for restraining orders and calls to law enforcement for assistance. Rescinding DACA will keep these victims, and their children, hidden and further exposed them to more violence and abuse.
We urge Congress to propose and pass thoughtful legislation that makes DACA permanent and avoids militarizing our border.
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence stands with DACA youth and our community as we work in solidarity for a peaceful, just, and equitable society where the contributions of immigrants are highlighted and honored…not criminalized.
As an all-female led organization to be the first to provide services in English and Spanish in Santa Clara County, we condemn the violent and racist acts against immigrants, women, and people of color, that have been increasing at an alarming rate in the past few months. In the wake of heartbreaking events at Charlottesville, Virginia, and we stand united in total opposition to violence against women, bigotry, white supremacy, and xenophobia.
These actions cannot and will not be tolerated today in our community. We will not allow them to oppress and erase the dreams, power, and leadership of our community, and perpetuate systemic inequity and injustice.
Today, we ask you to take a strong and official stand against violence against women, bigotry, white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia in both word and deed.
Next Door Solutions stands in solidarity with the late Heather Heyer, and with those who are fighting for the right to equality, work and live without fear in a more inclusive society.
Join us in this fight for equality, justice, and women’s rights. More than ever, your voice and your support can make a difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence in Santa Clara County.