Trump cancellation of DACA is a cruel, un-American act and undermines the rule of law | CLINIC

Trump cancellation of DACA is a cruel, un-American act and undermines the rule of law

Sep 5, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out DACA is “a heartbreaking disappointment,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
 
Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, would be phased out. DACA offers those who came to the U.S. before the age of 16, who have been here for many years, the chance to be protected from deportation. Those who are approved for DACA also receive a work permit. In addition to obtaining drivers’ licenses, 65 percent have purchased cars, 16 percent have bought a home, 45 percent are in school and 60 percent contribute to family finances.
 
“Today’s unconscionable act by the administration undermines the rule of law in this country. By pointing fingers and insisting that the Obama administration subverted congressional authority by implementing DACA, Sessions speculated as to how the courts would rule on DACA, concluding that there was no need for the judiciary to have a role in this issue,” added Atkinson. “We reject and adamantly disagree with Sessions’ untested personal opinion that DACA is unconstitutional."
 
The administration is hiding behind the threat of 10 state attorneys general to sue, as a premise to sidestep the democratic process. The “wind down” plan will provide for current DACA beneficiaries whose DACA approval expires between now and March 5 to be able to apply for a two-year renewal, as long as they do so by Oct. 5. No new initial applications will be accepted. 

“President Trump’s cruel decision to cancel DACA flies in the face of the promise of America – that we will protect those who are ‘tempest-tossed,’ as the poem by Emma Lazarus says,” said Atkinson. “DACA recipients are the very image of those whose lives have been tossed into chaos through no fault of their own. They are Americans in every sense but legal status and are asking for nothing but the chance to work, get an education and build lives in the only country they call home.”
 
“Ending DACA will break apart families, throw potentially millions into impoverished living conditions and shatter the dreams of a better life for young people who did nothing wrong. Today, the U.S. government punished children for the actions of their parents,” Atkinson said. “We join in calling upon Congress to pull together and pass a law that, once and for all, protects these valuable, hard-working young people. Allow them to continue to contribute fully to our nation without fear that at any moment they might be deported.”
 
“CLINIC and its network of more than 300 nonprofit immigration legal service agencies helped thousands of people file for DACA and to renew it,” Atkinson said. “Our network is now poised to help those whose DACA protections are threatened to determine whether they have other options for legal status and know their rights. CLINIC stands with Dreamers. We will not leave their side.”

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