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To: Senators: Ron Wyden, and Jeff Merkley, General Attorney: Ellen Rosenblum
Stand Up and Defend DACA Now in Oregon!
Publicly defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from recent attacks. Without DACA many young individuals would loose access to higher education, work, and support to their families. We want you to stand with us, as we stand with you contributing to this state, and country.
Why is this important?
On June 29, 2017 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with 9 other Republican attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, as well as the Governor of Idaho, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for the Secretary of Homeland Security to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In their ultimatum to the Trump Administration, the attorneys general present two options: get rid of DACA or they will fight to destroy it in the courts.
The letter goes on to state that the Trump Administration has until September 5th, 2017 to begin the phase-out of DACA: halting the renewal and issuing of new DACA or expanded DACA permits and calling for an ultimate end to the program.
If the administration does not act on the letter’s demand, the attorneys general will expand the lawsuit they used to end DAPA (a sister program meant to protect Dreamers' parents and family members) to now add a challenge to DACA.
Recently, Luis Gutierrez met with Secretary of Homeland Security, General Kelly, and warned DACA and TPS recipients to prepare for the worst.
This is a serious threat for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. Individuals who contribute on a daily basis to this country.
DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of qualified immigrant youth to gain legal protection, go to college, and support their families and communities. This should not be taken away, the ability to want to achieve our goals should not be jeopardize. While Trump vowed he would leave Dreamers and DACA alone, a handful of states have now threatened to sue to try to end it themselves.
As a DACA recipient myself, I believe in our power when we stand together. Oregon has supported us DREAMERS, and it continues to do so. We should not live in constant fear of what might happen to us tomorrow. We should not live in the shadows. We should not live in constant fear. We should not live in the fear of loosing our jobs, our education, our goals, and our dreams. We should live in a society where DACA is acceptable the good of our community, our state, and our nation.