Our Statement on Ending DACA

Posted September 6, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Our nation is strongest when we embrace the diver­si­ty of ideas and con­tri­bu­tions from our young peo­ple. Today’s deci­sion to end the deferred action for child­hood arrivals (DACA) pol­i­cy effec­tive­ly dis­rupts the futures of the near­ly 800,000 young peo­ple who have called the Unit­ed States home since child­hood — and rep­re­sents an incred­i­ble loss for Amer­i­ca, under­min­ing the very foun­da­tion on which this coun­try of immi­grants was built.

This deci­sion, which fol­lows admin­is­tra­tive actions on immi­gra­tion issued ear­li­er this year, rein­forces our grave con­cerns about threats to the well-being of the mil­lions of chil­dren who live in immi­grant fam­i­lies, many of whom are Amer­i­can citizens.

DACA enabled young peo­ple to pur­sue their pas­sions and dreams and to devel­op their skills and tal­ents with­out fear of being ripped from all they know — as we would want for any child — allow­ing them to become full-fledged con­trib­u­tors to our soci­ety. Like gen­er­a­tions of immi­grants before them, many have already helped to fur­ther strength­en Amer­i­ca. They are stu­dents. They are work­ers. They are home­own­ers. They are sons and daugh­ters. They are parents.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s mis­sion is to ensure all chil­dren in the Unit­ed States have a bright future and are able to thrive. They deserve poli­cies that keep fam­i­lies togeth­er and allow them to flour­ish, com­mu­ni­ties that sup­port them and sys­tems that pro­tect them. The young peo­ple who were eli­gi­ble for DACA have become as much a part of our nation­al fab­ric as every child blessed to be born in this coun­try. And like all kids, they deserve the oppor­tu­ni­ty to real­ize their full potential.

As the Casey Foun­da­tion is com­mit­ted to improv­ing the well-being of chil­dren and ensur­ing racial and eth­nic equi­ty, we con­tin­ue to sup­port orga­ni­za­tions engaged in pro­tect­ing immi­grant youth and their fam­i­lies from harm­ful pol­i­cy deci­sions. But we also look to our nation’s lead­ers to act.

For decades, pol­i­cy­mak­ers have grap­pled with estab­lish­ing a sen­si­ble immi­gra­tion pol­i­cy that har­ness­es the tal­ents and poten­tial of the mass­es who come to this coun­try in pur­suit of our shared Amer­i­can Dream. The Casey Foun­da­tion calls on Con­gress to act with­out delay to pro­tect these young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies and keep them on the path to oppor­tu­ni­ty, rather than push­ing them back into the shad­ows and an inter­minable lim­bo of uncer­tain­ty and fear. And we call on our lead­ers to take up com­mon­sense immi­gra­tion reform in earnest so that the mil­lions of immi­grants who already call this coun­try home, as well their chil­dren, can step into the light and join us all in fos­ter­ing anoth­er gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can pros­per­i­ty, inge­nu­ity and success.

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