Dream Act and Border Enforcement: Perspectives of DACA recipients from the border region

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Tuesday, October 24 at 10am

Senate Visitor Center (SVC) Room 214

To attend, please RSVP here

Since its inception, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has empowered nearly 800,000 young people to contribute to our nation and ensured that they and their families can achieve their potential.  President Trump’s choice to end DACA has created a crisis for these hundreds of thousands of Americans-in-all-but- paperwork - and time is running out for Congress to fix the Trump/Sessions announcement that DACA recipients should prepare to self-deport.

Right now, more than 22,000 DACA recipients who couldn’t meet an unexpected deadline are starting to lose their status. Families and communities are feeling the effects at this very moment: mortgages that can’t be paid, jobs on the line, and higher education interrupted.  DHS is also subjecting DACA recipients to increased scrutiny all over the country, including detentions in the border region.

The Dream Act has bipartisan support, but some have demanded escalated border enforcement in exchange for protections for these young people to continue to work, study and live free of fear of deportation.  

One out of five Dreamers live in the border region. Up to half live in the four border states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. How do these Dreamers view a possible trade-off between protection from deportation and escalated enforcement in their communities? What are the implications of a trade-off for DACA recipients, their families, and border communities?  How should Congress respond?

Please join us to speak with a panel of DACA recipients from U.S. southern border communities to learn how they perceive proposals that present a false choice between more border enforcement and the much-needed clean Dream Act.

To RSVP, click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/GztZWHujjUufWK6h1

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Johnson at jjohnson@southernborder.org.

 

Briefing organized by the Southern Border Communities Coalition,

ACLU and United We Dream

 

 
 
 

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