Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has played an important role for 800,000 people brought to the United States as children. DACA is an Executive Order issued by then-President Obama, meant to provide some relief from fears of immediate deportation and an opportunity to work legally, for 800,000 young immigrants, more commonly known as “Dreamers”. Dreamers are also our friends, neighbors and patrons. Dreamers have gone to school here, volunteer in their communities and serve in our armed forces. The Common Ground community was strengthened by DACA.
Unfortunately, President Trump rescinded DACA on September 5th this year, and the last and final deadline for people who were renewing their protection passed on October 5th. In a surprise tweet a few hours after rescinding DACA, President Trump encouraged Congress to legislate the protections of DACA in a Tweet – “Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA (something the Obama Administration was unable to do). If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!”
Courtesy of the Youth Organizer at Junta for Progressive Action here in New Haven, this blog post shares a couple resources for you to learn more about DACA, more about the people affected, and if you are inspired to act, links to groups that need your help.
This organization currently is organizing people to ask for the US House of Representatives to vote on the DREAM Act that does away with anti-immigrant, deportation-focused policy formulations.
United We Dream
This organization is run by immigrant youth advocating for justice
Here To Stay
This group helps the general public fund ways to take action, and to find local organizations they can volunteer with.
CT Immigrant Rights Alliance
A coalition of organizations and faith-based congregations, CIRA maintains this Facebook page to announce local events.