For Immediate Release, September 5, 2017  

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allowed certain undocumented children present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, to obtain work permits and apply for Social Security numbers without fear of penalty.  

“SABA North America strongly opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA. These young people, brought to the United States as children, have shown a desire to conform with the law, and are likely to be punished for doing so,” said President Rishi Bagga. “DREAMERS were brought to the U.S. by their parents in hopes of a better life. As children, they did not choose to break the law. Most of these young men and women have never returned to the countries of their birth, and many do not even speak the language of their native countries.  Rescinding DACA effectually takes away these young people’s right to live in the only country they have ever known. ”  

When the DACA program ends, the 800,000+ registrants who relied upon the federal government’s representations by coming out of the shadows and willingly shared their information with the federal government will be in danger of deportation. In the vast majority of cases, DACA recipients who are gainfully employed in a variety of professions, including as doctors, lawyers, and engineers, will be unable to work legally in the United States. This number includes over 10,000 South Asian DACA recipients. 

As a part of his announcement, President Trump said that the program would not end for six months, challenging Congress to create a program to protect DACA recipients, also known as DREAMERS. But whether that will happen is unknown despite estimates that the deportation of DREAMERS would cost the federal government $60 billion and reduce economic growth by $280 billion over the next 10 years.   

Tejas Shah and Kalpana Peddibhotla, chairs of the SABA immigration committee, stated, “It is wrong for the federal government to terminate a program that it offered to young people, who relied upon the government’s representations in sharing their information with the government. While Congress is long overdue in crafting a permanent solution for this group, terminating the program and giving Congress only 6 months to pass legislation is irresponsible and, frankly, unnecessary. We call upon the Trump administration to reverse this announcement and to defend any challenges to the legality of the DACA program in federal court.”  

SABA North America urges our community to ask your representatives in Congress to provide support for the DREAMERS who put their faith in the United States to protect them.  

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