OCA Recognizes Fourth Anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Posted by: Nick Lee
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
15 June 2016
CONTACT: Kham Moua | Policy and Communications Manager
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates recognizes the fourth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Four years ago on June 15, 2012 the DACA program was created by the Obama administration to provide much needed relief from deportation to undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children. This program was supplemented two years later by the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program, which would have extended protection from deportation to the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents, and DACA plus, which would have lifted the age cap from the original DACA program. These two programs were meant to protect immigrant families that have laid their roots in America. Both DACA plus and DAPA have been subject to intense legal challenges from anti-immigrant groups, that have resulted in a freezing of both pending a decision by the Supreme Court.
“After years of being forced to the margins of society through no fault of their own, undocumented young people have been given a new lease on life by being given work permits and temporary legal status,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “However, despite this, there are still many needing Asian American and Pacific Islander DACA eligible individuals who have yet to apply for the program, but are still at-risk for being deported. We continue to encourage eligible individuals to apply for the program so that they too may be granted relief.”
“While DACA continues to allow many undocumented young people significantly more freedom than they were afforded before, the Court’s freezing of both DACA plus and DAPA have left many immigrant families in limbo and without the additional relief they need. By launching devastating legal attacks on DACA and DAPA, anti-immigrant groups are setting their sights on some of the most vulnerable members of our society, many of whom have known no home but America,” continued Moe-Kaiser. “As we look towards the Supreme Court to validate this entirely legal and historically precedented program, we also acknowledge that anti-immigrant groups will continue to malign relief and reunification for many immigrants until comprehensive immigration reform with a clear path to citizenship is passed through Congress. The Asian American and Pacific Islander community will continue to fight for DACA, DAPA, and comprehensive immigration reform so that our families and loved ones do not become victims of our broken system.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
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