By repealing DACA - Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals – Trump has endangered both these young immigrants and the economic security of America.Read More
California lawmakers have just passed “sanctuary state” legislation - the first state since Oregon, which 30 years ago passed a law preventing state agencies from targeting undocumented immigrants solely because of their illegal status.Read More
This Vox video gives an overview of DACA: Its history, who is eligible for DACA, and the protections that those individuals receive when they become DACA recipients.
It also describes the events that led to the Trump Administration revoking the program in September of 2017.
The video ends with a few statistics describing how DACA has changed the lives of those involved in the program:
69% got a job with better pay
61% opened their first bank account
65% bought their first car
65% pursued educational opportunities they previously couldn't
"When those protections expire over the next weeks, months or years, they will be back where they started before 2012: unable to work legally and constantly at risk for deportation."Read More
This article from Vox outlines some key facts about the DACA program. It looks not only at the policy elements of the program but at the emotional affect that ending this program will have on the DACA recipients, where they will find themselves when DACA ends and the options that they will have.
The article explains the following facts:
1) DACA is a program to protect DREAMers - unauthorized immigrants brought to the US as children.
2) DACA recipients are part of a generation of immigrants raised alongside US citizens.
3) Politicians have been talking about what to do with the DREAMers for more than 15 years.
4) DREAMers aren’t all valedictorians — but they are integrated into the US.
5) President Obama gave DREAMers a way to protect themselves, temporarily, from deportation.
6) DACA has improved upward mobility for the people who have it, but its benefits can’t really be quantified.
7) Trump is winding down DACA slowly. But it’s still being wound down, even before Congress’ “deadline” to fix it.
8) Losing DACA wouldn’t automatically mean deportation. But it could be worse than not having it at all.
9) The threat of losing DACA creates its own kind of uncertaintyRead More
Immigration reform has been one of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s top priorities throughout her time in Congress. On Friday, she held a roundtable discussion with Maui recipients of DACA to discuss upcoming changes to the program.Read More
This survey from Wong et. al, specifically focuses on DACA recipients. DACA recipients are individuals younger than 35 who were brought into this country as minors and who have applied for and become a part of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.
It gives a broader picture of the changes that DACA recipients have experienced including: the ability to earn more money to support themselves and their families, pursuing educational opportunities, receiving a driver's license, and becoming employed.
The survey also investigates the citizenship status of DACA recipient's families, and demographics of the DACA recipients themselves.
This article from Pew Research Center outlines 5 key facts about illegal immigrants in the United States. Those 5 facts are:
1. There were 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2015.
2. Mexicans may no longer be the majority of U.S. unauthorized immigrants.
3. The U.S. civilian workforce includes 8 million unauthorized immigrants, accounting for 5% of those who were working or were unemployed and looking for work.
4. Six states account for 59% of unauthorized immigrants: California, Texas, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.Read More