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Letter: Support DACA

Carolyn Eady re Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program

Published on September 22, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on September 25, 2017 7:48AM


President Donald Trump’s recent action to phase out the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program was a heartless way to use these 800,000 young people as a political bargaining chip. They must now live with the extreme anxiety of not knowing whether or not they will be deported from the only country they have known, while waiting to see if Congress will pass legislation to grant them a protected status.

Although 16 state attorneys general have filed a challenge to his action in a federal court, giving five reasons why they think the original DACA program was constitutional, other legal scholars have given them a less than fifty-fifty chance of being successful.

That is why it is so important that citizens who support these young people, 95 percent of whom are working or going to school, and who will be a significant boost to our economy, urge Congress to pass the Dream Act (S 1615/HR 3440) promptly.

Carolyn Eady

Astoria



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