DACA: Advocates Call for Action to Maintain Program


Hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of the DACA program that protects them from deportation await with interest and anguish that the judges of the Fifth Circuit of Appeals -of conservative tendency-, issue at any moment a decision that they will make about the future.

On the one hand, Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders in Texas are determined to kill the program created 10 years ago by President Barack Obama. Governors of several Republican-majority states joined that lawsuit seeking to end DACA, which benefits some 800,000 young people who arrived as children, brought by their parents, who stayed with them in the country.

Leaders of Dreamers advocacy organizations are concerned that, after various attempts to undermine him, they may finally succeed in the Fifth Circuit.

This would cause a potential immediate personal and political crisis for many Dreamers and their families, and also a possible case in the Supreme Court during the next presidential term, warned Vanessa Cárdenas, deputy editor of America’s Voice.

Cárdenas was moderator of a panel of experts that on Friday discussed the political implications and legislative action – in addition to the human and economic impact for young immigrants, their families and communities – in the event that the court eliminates or further restricts the initiative. .

There, the participants agreed that DACA is one of the most successful and popular immigration programs in recent history, allowing more than 830 thousand young people to live and work without the immediate fear of deportation.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been in place for 10 years and allows certain immigrants who arrived as children before June 2007 to apply for protections against deportation and work permits.

All agreed on the need to join forces to defend the program and called on both the federal Congress and President Joe Biden to take action to make the benefit permanent and also open a path to permanent residence and later citizenship.

Also participating in the panel were: Karen Tumlin, founder and director of the Justice Action Center; Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Deputy Director of Federal Promotion of United We Dream Action; Kerri Talbot, Associate Director of The Immigration Hub; Arnulfo De La Cruz, Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 2015, and Diana Pliego, Public Policy Associate at the National Immigration Law Center.

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