ECAASU Supports the Continuation of DACA

August 31, 2017
Contact: Chelsey Gao;

The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) stands in support of DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and urges its continuance under the current threat of President Trump repealing the program.

Since the creation of the DACA program in 2012, more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants have benefitted from the ability to obtain essential documents such as work permits and driver’s licenses, as well as temporary reprieve from deportation. Undocumented students still face many barriers. In many states, undocumented students do not qualify for in-state tuition and financial aid, and in a few they are explicitly barred from attending public colleges and universities. But DACA was a promising step forward that has given many undocumented students access to institutions of higher education and it must be protected.

Asian Americans make up 11% of the 11 million undocumented immigrants within the United States, and many undocumented AAPI individuals today live in fear of deportation, especially within Cambodian, Filpinx, and Korean communities. It is vital that DACA continues and provides multilingual assistance to AAPI communities in order to support and protect the many undocumented individuals within our communities.

Furthermore, ECAASU stands in solidarity with Latinx communities who are most often targeted in the xenophobic rhetoric used to discourage DACA continuation. We recognize and commend the work that they have done to support DACA’s continuation and the rights of all undocumented Americans.

We call on our community to contact your legislators to support the continuation of DACA and the expansion of support for undocumented Americans.

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