Los Angeles – Today, 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