This morning, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. According to Sessions, those whose DACA status expires on or before March 5, 2018 can apply for a two-year renewal until October 5, 2017. Any new DACA applications filed after today will not processed and those whose DACA status expires after March 5, 2018 are no longer eligible to file for renewal. No new advance parole requests will be granted and pending applications will be denied as well. DACA recipients would be eligible for deportation as early as March 2018.
This cruel and morally reprehensible decision by the Trump administration places over 800,000 young people—Dreamers—at risk of deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In California alone, an estimated 200,000 individuals and their families will be impacted.
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) condemns this action by President Trump. A3PCON and its forty member organizations will fight to protect the Dreamers and work for federal as well as state provisions that enable these young people to stay in the United States. We remain committed to enactment of comprehensive immigration reform that allows not only DACA-eligible individuals, but also the millions of other immigrants to seek permanent residency and citizenship.
Throughout our forty-year history, A3PCON has advocated for the rights and needs of vulnerable individuals in our communities. Today, we stand with our DACA sisters and brothers, offering support and promising to continue the fight until we achieve justice.
Those seeking resources or advice following today’s announcement should contact Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles for assistance: