FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- September 5, 2017
CONTACT: Alicia Morales- (562) 200-8284, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Trump Administration today announced that it is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since the program started in 2012, it has been a lifeline for nearly 800,000 immigrant youth who have been given a chance to live, study, work and grow in a country that they call home without the fear of deportation. Ending DACA not only prevents our youth from working, but makes them vulnerable to deportation, tears families apart, hurts the economy and creates more fear in communities across the country. Ending such a program does not reflect who we are as a nation, nor does it recognize the fact that a majority of voters want a more permanent solution to protect our young immigrants.
The Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition renounces the Trump Administration’s decision. Over the years, we have served hundreds of youth in the City of Long Beach and witnessed the impact of DACA in their lives. As a result, today we stand in solidarity with students at CSULB and will continue to promote forums and other informational sessions across the city. Now more than ever, we must draw upon the strength, resilience, and inspiration of all people who have fought to achieve DACA and other pro-immigrant policies and practices. Now more than ever we need a Sanctuary for All Policy and we encourage Mayor Garcia and other city leaders to turn their words into action. We believe that by coming together with energy and commitment we will rise to the challenges that come our way.