The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) condemns the Trump Administration’s decision on September 5th, 2017 to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.
The Trump Administration’s decision means that no new initial applications to DACA will be accepted. Renewal applications only apply to work permits that expire before March 5, 2018, and must be submitted before October 5, 2017. Additionally, no new Advance Parole documents, which allow travel outside of the United States, will be approved for DACA recipients. Over the next 6 months, the DACA Program will be phased out. During these 6 months, Congress has the option to propose a legislative solution.
The decision to end the program will affect the over 800,000 DACA recipients in the United States. The DACA program allowed many undocumented individuals who met a certain set of requirements to obtain essential documents such as work permits and driver’s licenses, as well as the ability to attend higher education institutions without the fear of immediate deportation. With no clear pathway to citizenship, DACA allowed undocumented immigrants to engage in their communities.
ECAASU supports DACA recipients because we believe that the Trump Administration’s decision is not an isolated incident in the oppression of immigrants as well as of people of color and poor, queer, and trans people. DACA has been a means of survival for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants to forestall the institutional oppression placed upon their daily lives — to fight for DACA means to fight for immigration reform that represents all undocumented individuals.
One in every seven Asian immigrants is undocumented. Over 16,000 recipients of DACA are AAPI. In the face of the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, it is clear that comprehensive immigration reform, with an accessible path to citizenship, is an issue about which the AAPI community cannot be silent. We also want to acknowledge that the majority of DACA recipients are members of Black and Latinx communities. We must stand in solidarity with these communities and support undocumented immigrants in order to oppose xenophobia and white supremacy in all its forms.
In addition to supporting DACA recipients, we must also support all undocumented immigrants regardless of their level of financial, physical, and cultural contribution to the colonial history of the United States. No person’s inherent worth is determined by their economic or societal value. All persons, regardless of national origin and documentation status, hold the human right to family, community, and an adequate standard of living.
There is no better time than now to reject complacency and to start defending ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our communities. We call on private and public institutions, along with local, state, and national political leadership to resist, fight, and overturn this oppressive political maneuver.
Here’s what you can and should do to help defend DACAmented and undocumented folks if you are able to do so:
Call your members of Congress to demand that they pass legislation supporting DREAMers and other immigrants
For help identifying your representatives and their phone numbers, see Who Is My Representative?
Text RESIST to 50409, a text bot that sends a fax to your Congress representatives and/or your governor
Go to vigils and direct actions organized near you
Be available to emotionally support DACAmented, undocumented, and individuals under Temporary Protected Status
Listen to DACAmented and undocumented individuals and ask if there is anything needed from you
Pro-immigrant organizations (both national and local) that are at the forefront of Immigration Justice and Immigration Reform
Share these resources with DACAmented and undocumented individuals:
In power, love, and resistance/solidarity,
Run solely by volunteers, The East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower those interested in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues.
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