Statement On Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

Hasan Shafiqullah, Attorney-In-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, released the below statement today following President Donald Trump’s order to eliminate after a six-month reprieve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented in 2012 under the Obama Administration.

“President Trump continues his xenophobic and malevolent campaign against immigrants with today’s decision eliminating deportation protections for thousands who came to the United States as vulnerable children or young teens.

Despite the White House’s demagoguery, the overwhelming majority of these individuals have deep roots in their communities -- attending school, holding jobs, and paying taxes.

This shameful news also underscores this Administration’s unrelenting efforts to advance policies that polarize and play into people’s worst fears and prejudices.

Our hearts ache for the thousands impacted, and we urge Congressional leaders to counter the President’s callous action by passing the DREAM Act immediately.”