Today (Tuesday, Sept. 5), the Trump administration announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)—a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
These individuals have been protected from deportation under the current policy enacted by President Obama in 2012. This policy allowed these young immigrants to emerge from the shadows and obtain valid driver’s licenses, enroll in college, secure jobs, and even pay income taxes. Although it still fell short of providing a path to citizenship, it was a common sense approach that worked to help make our country stronger.
In response to the news, St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow said:
“President Trump’s decision to end this policy without so much as even the semblance of a realistic immigration plan is short-sighted, irresponsible, and without cause. Today, he is choosing dogmatic ideology over common sense, practical solutions. We stand with the DACA Dreamers and look forward to supporting common sense immigration reform.”
The St. Joseph County Democratic Party urges everyone to contact Congresswoman Jackie Walorski at 574-204-2645 to ask that she protect DACA Dreamers and reject the president’s position.
A demonstration of action and a call for proper immigration reform has been planned by community members at the office of Congresswoman Walorski tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 6) from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. The office is located at 202 Lincolnway E. Suite 101, Mishawaka, Indiana 46544.