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It’s time for Trump to stop attacking Dreamers

08.03.2018

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

It’s time for Trump to stop attacking Dreamers

Washington, D.C. – Today, a federal judge concluded that Trump’s cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was unjustified and that DACA must be fully restored. The ruling will be delayed 20 days to give the Trump administration the opportunity to provide a “rational explanation” for rescinding DACA.

Executive Director of Mi Familia Vota, Ben Monterroso, issued the following statement:

“The judge’s ruling confirmed what we all have known since last year, when the Trump administration arbitrarily tried to end the DACA program: Trump’s action was unjustified. This is the third Federal judge to determine that Trump ended DACA in a capricious manner, and it is time for Trump to end his attacks on Dreamers.

“Our youths deserve the peace of mind to let them focus on fulfilling their hopes and dreams, and shouldn’t be subjected to continual interferences from a president who has cast a cold eye on Dreamers and their inherent self-worth or for their contributions to our nation.

“These next 20 days will be an excruciating wait. Dreamers are exemplary in every way and should not be further subjected to a tumultuous battle over their future. Americans from all political parties support Dreamers, and it’s time for the GOP to stop acquiescing to this administration’s extremist ideology and start doing what it right for our country: it’s time for the Republican-controlled Congress to embrace Dreamers, with no strings attached. We are seeing a moral failure to stand up for DACA recipients, just as we have witnessed conservatives cruelly standing by as children are being taken away from their parents.

“We expect the Trump administration to stop appealing and allow for new applicants to begin applying for DACA at the end of this month. We are working to ensure that Dreamers get a permanent solution through legislative action. But we also realize that this requires voting for a Congress that shares our values and that wants to give Dreamers the opportunity to adjust their status and be recognized by our government, instead of having to live in fear of deportation. And it will take voting at every election to align our country with our national ideals. We will certainly remember the endless efforts undertaken by the party that controls the federal government to hurt Dreamers and immigrant children in November.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.