ICADV is very happy to support a permanent solution with a pathway to citizenship for the 800,000 recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who have been unsure of the futures since the current administration’s decision to terminate DACA in September. Every day that we go without a legislative fix, 122 DACA youth lose their status, putting them at risk of deportation and greatly undermining their economic security and that of their families and communities.
We know from recent research that the failure to help DACA recipients threatens the family stability and economic security of about 200,000 citizen children—as well as the success of schools, early childhood programs, and hospitals across the country that depend on teachers, caregivers, and health care providers with DACA status. As we continue to discuss continuing resolutions in the coming weeks and months, we hope that Congress acts urgently to protect immigrants and their families.
ICADV is committed to working alongside our allies in the anti-poverty community to urge our leaders to consider legislation for DACA recipients within the next two weeks—and for enacting a permanent solution to help young immigrants, their families, and their communities.