Mi Familia Vota: CHC Meeting with DHS Secretary Kelly “Disheartening”, Advocates Must Ready Themselves to Fight for DACA



July 12, 2017


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MFV: CHC Meeting with DHS Secretary Kelly “Disheartening”, Advocates Must Ready Themselves to Fight for DACA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with John Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to discuss the fate of nearly 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, those protected from unstable conditions, such as civil unrest or devastating natural disasters, in their sending countries through Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and the overwhelming evidence that undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions are increasingly being caught in the deportation dragnet.

The meeting was disheartening as it continued the concerning trend of double-talk in the Trump Administration. While Sec. Kelly expressed his support for DACA recipients, he has washed his hands of the discretionary power he holds by saying their future rests in Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions hands and the conservative-majority Congress.

The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota, on these troubling developments:

“Since President Donald Trump has taken office, people of conscience have repeated, quite plainly, through their civic participation: Leave DACA alone.

“We have a DHS Secretary who refuses to use the power of his office to reign in the unruly enforcement agencies he oversees and who has left DACA recipients in the dark. Texas AG Ken Paxton and nine other attorney generals have begun their campaign against the program threatening a lawsuit. The writing is on the wall and as advocates we must act accordingly.

“Fortunately, today we can also applaud California AG Xavier Becerra for promising to use the power of his office to protect the DACA program and Massachusetts AG Maura Healey for reiterating calls for transparency on DHS’ immigration enforcement practices.

“We must respond with the tools at our disposal, whether it’s by marching on the streets, calling our elected officials and asking them to stand on the right side of history, or by using our vote whenever we can to elect leaders of conscience. DACA youth have put themselves on the line to fight for the rights of all undocumented people and we must do the same for them.”