The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” who came to this country as children and know the United States as their only home.
The following is a statement from Kary L. Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director, reacting to the White House:
“Five years ago, hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth fought their way out of the shadows to accept the federal government’s offer to live, study and work here. In Michigan alone, 6,430 of our neighbors, family, and friends used their DACA status to give back in innumerable ways.
“Today, the federal government and President Trump went back on their word, throwing the lives and futures of Dreamers into uncertainty and disarray. While this is a hard day for our immigrant communities, our fight is not over. Years of courage, sacrifices, and organizing won the DACA program in 2012 and that same resolve and determination will win again.
“We call on Michigan’s congressional delegation to act and provide permanent relief for Dreamers through a clean, standalone, and bipartisan Dream Act. We cannot allow this administration to keep playing politics with people's lives.”