UCLA Labor Center

Dream Resource Center’s Response to Media Reports of Possible End to DACA

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2017

 

CONTACT

Rubi Martinez, rubimartinez@ucla.edu

 

Los Angeles — News media reported today, Sunday, September 3, 2017, that President Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. According to Politico, the news outlet that released the report, a White House official said: The White House plans to delay the enforcement of the president’s decision for six months, giving congress a window to act. The official statement is expected to be announced on Tuesday.

DACA allows immigrant youth who meet certain requirements to live and work in the U.S. temporarily. Since the program started in 2012, it has had a transformative impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth and their communities, and tremendous benefits for our country as a whole.

 

Victor Narro, Project Director of the UCLA Labor Center, issued the following statement:

 

Since the rollout of the DACA program, we’ve witness the critical benefits of this program for immigrant youth, and the highly positive impacts on our communities, and to our economy. DACA has opened doors and has eased stress, If President Trump rescinds DACA, this means life-changing consequences for the nearly 800,000 young people.

“It’s important to know that DACA is still in place. Although the media have been reporting its potential end, such decision has not been made official. DACA recipients deserve a direct and on the record announcement by the White House. If the program is to end, young immigrants shall have to unite and re-strategize. Let’s not forget DACA happened because young immigrants fought for it.”

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To schedule interviews with project director and/or immigrant youth, please contact Rubi Martinez, rubimartinez@ucla.edu.