The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities strategic action network stands in support of the more than 800,000 children and young people who were brought to the U.S. when they were young and are now under threat of deportation as a result of the current Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
These young people, many of whom arrived as infants and toddlers, have roots here and are U.S. citizens in all ways except on paper. They have made and continue to make meaningful contributions to their communities and our country.
They are teachers, students, nurses, community leaders, and first responders. They contribute daily to successful businesses, productive learning communities, a strong military, healthy neighborhoods, and our economy. The announcement to rescind the protections provided by DACA has already destabilized the sense of security of thousands of families across our country.
Ending DACA is not an immigration issue, it is a family and economic well-being issue. The Alliance calls on Congress to make it a priority to pass legislation that signals to the DACA recipients that their country—their home—remains a place where they have safety, security, and every opportunity to continue to realize their full potential. The Alliance will mobilize its national network in support of legislation that puts this issue—and the hearts and minds of DACA recipients, their families, employers, educators, and friends—to rest.