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Public Counsel Denounces Trump Administration's Decision to End DACA


9/5/17

LOS ANGELESPublic Counsel is outraged by President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We, along with the vast majority of Americans, stand in solidarity with Dreamers. They are our clients, our neighbors, our colleagues, our students, our friends. They are the future of this country.

“Public Counsel has taken up the legal fight for Dreamers since the DACA program was announced five years ago, and we will continue to use all of the resources at our disposal to ensure that these young people are never again forced back into the shadows,” said Judy London, Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

Public Counsel assisted nearly 1500 young people to obtain DACA status. And, after the Trump administration stepped up its enforcement efforts, Public Counsel stepped in to represent Daniel Ramirez Medina, the first DACA recipient wrongfully arrested and placed in removal proceedings despite his lawful status. Our experience reinforces that Dreamers are not a threat to our country, as this Administration would have us believe, but they instead represent the best of our country: contributing their immense talents to our economy, our schools, and our military.

“Dreamers were told that if they came out of the shadows, stayed out of trouble, and followed the program’s rules, they would be allowed to stay in the United States free from the fear of deportation,” explained Staff Attorney Lucero Chavez. “Dreamers have kept their end of the bargain. With today’s announcement, the government breaks its word.” Dreamers now face the prospect of losing jobs, being separated from their families, and being deported to countries they often do not remember.

The Administration’s decision to end DACA is an affront to justice. We call upon Congress to act immediately to protect Dreamers and put them on a path to citizenship. Until then, Public Counsel will continue to fight for and with the Dreamer community in the streets, in the courtroom, and in the halls of Congress.