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  The Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides over 800,000 children and young adults with some sense of security and the ability to work legally. The Children’s Partnership is heartbroken and deeply disappointed in this cruel and irresponsible action by the Trump Administration. As advocates for children, we know firsthand this policy extends far beyond its intended recipients, and we strongly oppose the efforts of the Trump Administration to drive policies of hate that separate our families. Rescinding DACA, in addition to the harmful negative immigration rhetoric we hear from this Administration, is causing fear and panic in communities – putting children at higher risk of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, & withdrawal and harming their healthy development. We know that nearly 25% of DACA recipients are parents. If these parents are detained, deported, and/or unable to work legally, their children will also experience a loss of housing and food insecurity. The research is clear on this, when parents have the opportunity to improve, younger generations do better. That is truly the American dream. “The American values of hard work and fairness are part of every family who calls this country home. We urge our leaders to put our nation’s values into action and seek a permanent solution for the 800,000 DACA recipients and the thousands of children and other family members that depend on them.” – Mayra Alvarez, President of The Children’s Partnership

Read our latest letter in support of the Dream Act, co-authored by our Kids Coalitions: 

Fact sheets and resource on family separation

Are you an immigrant parent who has been separated from your child(ren) and is trying to reconnect?  Are you a legal services provider who knows a parent looking for their child?  The Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) can help.

The administration’s recent policy of separating children from their parents at the border has a wide range of repercussions. Meanwhile, due to deportations and enforcement actions, family separations also occur on a regular basis across the country, far away from the border. Catholic Legal Immigration Network offers a compilation of resources including suggestions for how people can help and facts about the situation.

URGENT: Parents who are still searching for their kids – including those deported – can now call for free through Facebook Messenger by adding https://www.facebook.com/ICON.proj as a friend. Vera Institute of Justice and New America‘s Immigrant Connection Project (ICON) helps immigrant families to reconnect.

Resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides tips for current caregivers and others to help address the needs of immigrant and refugee children who have experienced traumatic separation. The relationship with a parent is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separations from parents and siblings— especially under sudden, chaotic, or unpredictable circumstances such as those related to war, refugee, immigration, or detention experiences—may lead children to develop depression, anxiety, or separation-related traumatic stress symptoms. This tip sheet outlines what children of different ages might be experiencing and how caregivers and others can help. goo.gl/B3QX7X
 
 

DACA Resources

SB 54 Know Your Rights Palm Cards

Audio for three indigenous languages
Short video PSA
Formatted cards in five languages, also available in print
Plain text in two additional languages, to be formatted and printed in the next round

Mental Health Resources

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