Statement From The National Action Network & Rev. Al Sharpton On Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program—
For Immediate Release
September 5th, 2017
Rachel Noerdlinger, [email protected]
Ross Adair, [email protected]
Alex Butcher-Nesbitt, [email protected]
STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK & REV. AL SHARPTON ON DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA) PROGRAM
Today’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has put social equality for some 800,000 young people in dire jeopardy, halting their pathway to citizenship and placing them at risk of deportation. According to the recent report from Center for American Progress, the inclusion of these young recipients has contributed to more prosperous local, state, and national economies; to safer and stronger communities through increased access to cars and home ownership; and to a more prepared and educated workforce for the future.
“The Trump administration and Attorney General Sessions’ decision today to ‘rescind’ DACA is but another example of an anti-equal opportunity, anti-civil rights agenda that has no basis in fact,” National Action Network founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton said. “There is no evidence that Dreamers steal away American jobs. There is evidence, however, that 91% of Dreamers are employed and contribute to the American economy. The National Action Network will do everything in its power to support the rights of Dreamers looking to work and be a part of the American dream.”
The goal of members of Congress should be ensuring that DACA is a strong and reliable protection for immigrant youth, and stopping this administration’s mass deportation agenda. We must hold Congress accountable to prevent these attacks on the vulnerable and develop an effective policy for DACA recipients that will avoid these punitive effects on their lives and families.
About National Action Network
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
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