FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 15, 2021
Fernanda Durand (443) 396-3317 [email protected]
Nancy Treviño (786) 201-8958 [email protected]
CHICAGO –– Today marks nine years since immigrant youth were guaranteed temporary permission to stay in the U.S. through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While DACA has brought relief to some young immigrants making countless contributions to our nation, we know it’s not enough. Below you will find a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:
“Nine years ago, the Obama Administration launched the DACA program offering temporary relief for eligible immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. For decades, immigrant communities have been fighting to pass legislation seeking to gain permanent protections not just for young immigrants, but for every single undocumented immigrant residing in the U.S.
If the Senate leadership were determined to do so, they could pass legislation that would enable millions of young immigrants, like those who have benefited from DACA, to apply for permanent residency visas. The US House of Representatives has already taken positive action on this matter. We need our elected leaders to come through for families who have been waiting for far too long,” stated Oscar Chacon, executive director of Alianza Americas.
“Nearly a decade ago we won temporary relief for immigrant youth, and as I reflect on the past nine years as a DACA recipient, I cannot help but think of the great opportunities this opened for me. But temporary was never the end goal, and we are beyond the time to pass permanent protections for all immigrants. Today we call on President Biden and Congress to deliver on what was promised – a solution that would ultimately allow all undocumented immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship,” stated Dulce Dominguez, development coordinator of Alianza Americas.
“In 2010, four brave undocumented youth led a 1,500 mile march from Miami, Florida to Washington, D.C. in what is known as the Trail of Dreams. This journey to the U.S. Capitol to advocate for the passage of another piece of immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act inspired many young immigrants and pushed the Obama Administration to give us DACA. As we reflect on these past nine years, we can’t forget about all of the brave young people who have been fighting for permanent protections, not just for them, but for all of our immigrant families,” stated Matt Nelson, executive director of Presente.org.
“I’ve renewed my DACA four times in nine years, always thinking that it might be the last. DACA has provided a path for thousands, including myself, to provide for ourselves and our families. In many instances we’ve become our parents’ retirement and social security. While I appreciate the many opportunities, DACA is only a temporary solution. We need permanent protections and we call on President Biden and Congress to deliver on this overdue promise,” stated Erick Garcia, senior technologist of Presente.org.
“We will continue to work to transform existing legislation and public policies to ensure DACA recipients, as well as TPS holders, get the opportunity to apply for legal permanent residency and eventually U.S. citizenship. We still have a long way to go and will continue organizing to create an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable way of life for immigrant families,” concluded Chacon.
Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.
Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group — and the nation’s premier Latinx digital organizing hub — advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Presente.org’s mission is to advance Latinx power and create winning campaigns that amplify Latinx voices; expand the political imagination and traditional boundaries; and foster inspiration for freedom, equity, and justice.