Statement by Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence on rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Contact:

Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence

(408) 501-7555 Work Phone

eperalez-dieckmann@nextdoor.org

 

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.