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JABA is Disappointed in the Administration’s Decision to End DACA

 

For Immediate Release: September 6, 2017                                                                        

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Mark Furuya, President

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JABA is Disappointed in the Administration’s Decision to End DACA

 

LOS ANGELES — The Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) expresses its deep disappointment and strong condemnation of the current administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. JABA’s founders and members include immigrants and children of immigrants who have proudly served this country. While immigration policy is a deeply political issue, the effect of this decision is not. These 800,000 Dreamers, who came to this country by their parents’ choice, worked hard, underwent extensive background checks, and proved themselves to be just as American as the rest of us, minus a paper indicating their legal status.

 

The choice to end DACA is in no way “the compassionate thing” for these Dreamers.  Attorney General Sessions stated that this decision will “end the lawlessness.” But in that same breath, this administration stripped Dreamers of their own due process. Under DACA, Dreamers were able to step forward, without fear of deportation, and only qualified as “Dreamers” because they had no significant misdemeanor or felony history. They also had to be in school, the military, or employed, and re-register every 2 years even with no pathway to citizenship. This country was built on the backs of immigrants, who love and work hard every day to achieve the “American Dream” and this decision turns it backs on immigrants who share that American spirit.

 

Dreamers have proved they are productive, loyal, and proud Americans. This Congress must find a bipartisan solution to help these Dreamers and all those in this country that aligns with the spirit, ideals, and heart of this great country.

 

For those that want to help Dreamers and their families affected by this decision, JABA urges its members to volunteer to undergo training to help Dreamers renew their status prior to October 5, 2017 (click here to help: https://goo.gl/35DnmP) or refer people to Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles for resources: https://advancingjustice-la.org/media-and-publications/press-releases/daca-termination-looms-advancing-justice-la-focuses-urgent#.WbB3PNGP7b1).

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